Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Livraria Lello

Livraria LelloOver 100 years old, the Livraria Lello & Irmão was recently selected by The Guardian as one of the 10 most beautiful bookshops in the word.Guardian’s journalist Sean Dodson refers to the centennial bookshop as divine and honours it with a third place on his shortlist, being the first one deliberately built from scratch for that purpose.

Designed by Portuguese engineer Xavier Esteves, it was inaugurated in 1906 and is regarded as one of the finest examples of late Neo-Gothic architecture in the city of Porto. Its rich interior decoration is also deeply influenced by Art-Nouveau, with intricate organic forms and a startling central staircase of circular design. Restored in 1995, the bookshop remains as one of the city’s most vibrant cultural centres.

It is amazing and it looks just like it is out form an Harry Potter movie, like Hogwarts.

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