The Morgan Library and Museum – New York
Stroll over to Midtown Manhattan to one of New York’s most majestic and prominent libraries. Founded in 1902 by American millionaire, JP Morgan, the Italian Renaissance styled interior within a smaller-scaled setting of this library embodies the American Age of elegance. JP Morgan Jr. opened the institution up to the public in 1924 and the historical library soon earned further fame by garnering the recognition as a New York City Landmark and National Historic Landmark. After browsing though some of the most leading and distinguished art and literary collections in the country, curl up by the fireplace with a classic novel and revel in the stunning architecture and grandiose atmosphere.
Austrian National Library – Vienna
Located in the Hofburg Palace and founded by the royal Hapsburg family in the 18th century, the Austrian National Library houses over 7.4 million books today. The library also partakes in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Program with historic literary pieces from all over the world. Despite maintaining the status as the largest library in Austria, visitors still enjoy an intimate and cosy feeling when exploring this institution. With roots dating back to the 1300s, make sure to indulge into the history before visiting.
Bodleian Library – Oxford
No bookworm can complete a trip to England without visiting at least one of Oxford’s stunning libraries. Established in the 1400s, this historic library appears in various films as a result of its stunning and medieval architecture. Lose yourself in one of the millions of books while lounging in one of the bright and antique rooms. As one of the oldest and most prestigious libraries in Britain, the Bodleian attracts visitors and scholars from all over as well a regular crowd of young students. In addition to the Bodleian library, visitors can also tour the stunning and historic grounds at Oxford.
Livraria Lello & Irmão – Lisbon
Although not technically a library, all travellers should visit this famous and iconic bookstore even if they do not categorise themselves as an avid reader or a literature extraordinaire. The unique store continually makes headlines in national news sources because of its historic background and stunning gothic design. Founded in 1881, this charming and artsy store provides countless unique corners and niches to explore. As one of most sought-out after destinations in Portugal, the store charges a small fee to enter.
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Beyazit State Library – Istanbul
Famed for a combination of modern and classic architecture style, the Beyazit State Library provides travelers with an open and airy space to unwind with a good book. Built in 1506 by Sultan Beyazit III, this institution remains one of the oldest libraries in Istanbul. Located in the vibrant heart of old city in Beyazit Square, explorers continually appreciate the convenient and exciting location of the library. Explore the historic rooms and breathe in the history of one of the top libraries in the country while embracing this exotic city.
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