There are people who love to travel and see not only the obvious beauty of a country but also its cultural beauty. This type of people deserve to see the best libraries in the world where centuries of history and literature are concentrated!
It’s truly great for people who love reading, peace and quiet to be inside a library but what about being in the most incredible libraries in the world?
Libraries from the list below do not only offer some of the best reading spaces and important books and documents but they are also masterpieces of architecture, looking impressible great both from the outside and the inside!
Each has its own style and we’d love to know which you like the most fellow lazy penguins!
10. The National Library Of Prague, Prague, Czech Republic
The baroque Clementinum library was built by the Jesuits in 1622. Legend has it that when they began its construction they only had one book, but when it was finished they managed to collect 20,000 volumes.
9. Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland
Its longitudinal distribution with vaulted ceilings and decoration with marble busts of famous authors gives it a special charm. Its most famous volume is by far the Book of Kells, an illustrated Latin manuscript containing the four Gospels of the New Testament.
8. Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
This jewel houses the largest collection of Portuguese literature outside the Portuguese country. It was built by 43 Portuguese inmigrants and political refugees to promote the Portuguese culture in the former colony.
7. The Admont Library, Admont, Austria
Designed by the architect Joseph Hueber and inaugurated in 1776, it stands out for its architectural design that represents the Illuminist ideals. The ceiling of the dome (it has seven domes in all) shows paintings by Bartolomeo Altomonte, an Austrian artist, dedicated to the themes of science and faith. It is the largest monastic library in the world, it has more than 180 thousand works: there are more than a thousand manuscripts, 530 incunabula (books printed before the beginning of 1500), old volumes and original editions of rare works.
6. St. Florian Monastery, Austria
The Monastery of Saint Florian is a hidden gem halfway between Vienna and Salzburg. And I write hidden, because while visiting the Monastery of Melk, on the same route, is much more common, there are not many travelers who come to San Florián. And the truth is that it is a real shame, because this Augustinian monastery, which is still active almost a thousand years after its foundation, is truly spectacular.
5. Austrian National Library, Vienna, Austria
The National Library of Vienna (Austria) has real origins: the Habsburg dynasty had it built in the first half of the 18th century and, today, it is the largest Baroque library in Europe with more than 200,000 works, including which highlights Gutenberg’s Bible. In addition, it guards one of the largest collections of writings on the Reformation of Martin Luther.
4. Handelingenkamer Tweede Kamer Der Staten-generaal Den Haag Iii, Netherlands
The Royal Library of Copenhagen (Denmark), founded in the 17th century by King Frederick III, is the largest in the Nordic countries and the main one of the University of Copenhagen. The monarch’s project was ambitious: bringing together as many works as possible under the same complex. Inside it houses the first Danish book printed in 1482.
3. George Peabody Library, Baltimore Maryland, USA
It is a 5-story library. It is considered one of the most beautiful in the entire US, so much so that weddings are held in its neoclassical atrium. Its construction was financed by the American philanthropist George Peabody.
2. Bibliothque Nationale De France, Paris, France
This library is one of the first examples of iron architecture developed in the 19th century. It is located in the Plaza del Panteón and is currently part of the Sorbonne University. Its reading room has more than fifteen columns made of iron with a height of about ten meters and is, without a doubt, the most representative space of the building. Inside it houses more than two million works, among which more than 4,300 manuscripts stand out.
1. The City Libary, Stuttgart, Germany
The white reading room has a total of 5 floors within a spectacular inverted pyramid structure. The ceiling panels emit a blue light in the dark, which readers with insomnia take advantage of as it is open 24 hours a day.