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The world's greatest bookshops
Monday, June 19, 2017
Lonely Planet publishes Livraria Lello in Top 10 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World.
One of the world's most respected tourist guides, published by the Australian Lonely Planet, highlights the Livraria Lello as one of the Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World and one of the places to visit.
A little over 100 years old, this art nouveau gem in Portugal’s second city remains one of the world’s most stunning shops – perhaps of any kind. Competing for attention with the books are wrap-around, neo-Gothic shelves, featuring panels carved with Portuguese literary figures. A track, used by the staff for transporting stock in a cart, leads from the entrance to the lolloping red staircase, which winds up to the first floor like an exotic flower. Books are available in English as well as Portuguese, and there’s a small cafe upstairs beneath the stained-glass skylight.
You can continue the Art Nouveau tour of Porto at Café Majestic and streets such as Rua Galeria de Paris.
The news was shared by several social media, national and international.
According to the newspaper "Público", "The centennial bookshop Livraria Lello, Porto, was classified by Lonely Planet as the third most beautiful and worthy of visit of the world, in the guide that this publisher founded in Australia has just launched for the In a listing of the top ten countries, regions and cities to visit in 2011, Lonely Planet places the bookstore at Rua das Carmelitas in Porto, in third place, after City Lights Books in San Francisco, in the United States, and El Ateneo Grand Splendid in Buenos Aires. "