It’s true that the books are truly what make any library beautiful, even if it is a small, dingy room. However, if you get a chance to visit the most glorious and exquisite architectural spaces that double as a library, we’re sure you’d rather pick them instead of the modest alternative. If you feel like you contradict with the above statement then you might want to go through these aesthetically charming photographs of stunning libraries all around the world by the renowned photographer Massimo Listri in his recent book The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries.
The book features ancient universities, libraries and monasteries that go back into history as far back as 766. Each photograph is accompanied by a text which reveals the historical details of the buildings so that you are aware of their importance if you ever decide to pay homage to them in person. We’re sure you will be hypnotized by the symmetry of some libraries and by the exotic interior of others. Check out some of them right here!
Rijksmuseum, Research Library, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Strahovská Knihovna, Prague, Czech Republic
Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, Rome, Italy
Stiftsbibliothek Sankt Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland
Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra, Portugal
Stiftsbibliothek Admont, Admont, Austria
Biblioteca do Convento de Mafra, Mafra, Portugal
Bibliothèque Sainte-Geneviève, Paris, France
Klosterbibliothek Metten, Metten, Germany
Real Gabinete Português de Leitura, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland
Biblioteca Statale Oratoriana dei Girolamini, Naples, Italy