1. OLD LIBRARY, TRINITY COLLEGE LIBRARY DUBLIN – DUBLIN, IRELAND
A library built in the 18th century, which holds the 9th century gospel manuscript, ‘The Book of Kells,’ famous around the world. The Long Room houses 200,000 of the Library’s oldest books in its oak bookcases.
2. CLEMENTINUM NATIONAL LIBRARY – PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
The Baroque Library Hall: stunning home of the Czech National Library, Home to 20,000 books from the early 17th century onwards. The breathtaking hall remains unaltered since the 18th century, embellished with stunning ceiling murals.
3.ABBEY LIBRARY OF SAINT GALL – ST. GALLEN, SWITZERLAND
UNESCO World Heritage site. Magnificant carved wood, paint and stucco, manuscripts dating back to the 8th century helps ensures the Abbey of Saint Gall in St. Gallen, Switzerland one of the most significant monastic libraries in the world.
4. UNIVERSITY OF COIMBRA GENERAL LIBRARY– COIMBRA, PORTUGAL
Portugal’s Baroque Joanina Library, which is part of the University of Coimbra General Library, Completed in 1728, holding 70,000 volumes, assembled on hard oak shelfs over two stories, separated by extravagant archways, and heavy teak walls and doors.
5. ADMONT ABBEY LIBRARY – ADMONT, AUSTRIA
In the foothills of the Austrian Alps, situated on the Enns River, sits the library of Admont Abbey, This breathtaking library is the second largest monastery library in the world, The library boasts over 70,000 of the 200,000 monasteries volumes are housed in the library’s collection. Dazzling in tones of gold and white, the libraries ceiling space is decorated by Bartolomeo Altomonte’s frescos signifying different phases of human knowledge and Joseph Stammel’s “Four Last Things” sculptures, which depict death, heaven, hell and the Last Judgment
6. ROYAL PORTUGUESE READING ROOM IN RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
The library built in the 19th century, is renowned for its Neo-Manueline design, evoking the Gothic-Renaissance style. The entire room is covered from floor to ceiling in books, many of which are rare works dating back to the 16th century, all resting upon iron columns decorated with neo-Gothic motifs. The room is brightly lite by a skylight of stained glass.
This post was inspired by previous post What Inspires You? and my love of Libraries,