The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries Are The Things Of A Bookworm’s Dreams
Libraries are invaluable places for learning and expanding the mind. In honor of these wonderful places, Italian artist Massimo Listri set out to photograph the world’s most beautiful libraries. Now published in a book released in July, these photos capture the architectural elegance and a little piece of history all at the same time.
Admont Abbey Library, Austria
The first gorgeous library on our list, the Admont Abbey Library in Austria is the largest monastery library in the world. It was designed to express the ideals of the Enlightenment. Light pours into this beautiful space with the help of 48 windows and bounces off the gold and white colors of the room.
Library of Wiblingen Abbey, Germany
Next, the Library of Wiblingen Abbey in Germany is a brilliant example of rococo style at its finest. Characterized by elaborate ornamentation and fanciful curved forms, the rococo style reached its peak in the 18th century. This also happens to be during the same time this beautiful library was built in 1714.
Strahov Library, Prague
Containing more than 200,000 volumes, the Strahov Library in Prague has many a story to tell. After it was completed in 1679, the library has endured damage from French and Bavarian troops bombarding the building in 1742. Today, the library is still open for tours. You’re also welcome to relax in the reading room.
Ottobeuren Abbey Library, Germany
It’s no wonder why Listri felt the need to capture this enchanting place. Ottobeuren Abbey Library, located in Germany, is part of a larger monastery which had more than 10,000 subjects back in 1802. Today, the monastery hosts concerts featuring sounds from some of the most treasured organs across Europe.
Library of the Seitenstetten Abbey, Austria
Last but not least, Seitenstetten Abbey in Austria is home to an incredible library that embraces the light just right to make the interior appear a brilliant blue. The monastery was founded in 1112. Today it’s home to an extravagant garden that features more than 110 varieties of roses.
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