Trinity College Old Library, Dublin
Even though we carry entire libraries around with us on our smart phones, there is nothing quite like walking into a beautiful library.
The air is heavy with decades and centuries of knowledge, the shelves are meticulously lined with thousands of books enticing you to seek knowledge and to travel to different worlds and meet thousands of different characters.
Here is our list of Top 7 Beautiful Libraries to visit around the world:
- Trinity College Old Library, Dublin – Belonging more in Hogwarts, this library boasts an impressive 200-foot Long Room. It was founded in 1592 by Elizabeth I, but the current structure was built in 1712. (Picture shown above)
- Clementinum Library, Prague – You will feel more like you are in the Sistine Chapel in this library, where legend has it that when the Jesuits started building it in 1622, they only had one book in their possession. By the time they finished, they had 20,000 volumes.
Clementinum Library, Prague
- George Peabody Library, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore – This library boasts five tiers of balconies lined with bookshelves. The atrium makes it airy and a delight to sit in.
- Central Library, Vancouver, Canada – The structure of this library is a wonder in itself. It will remind you more of the Colosseum in Rome than anywhere else. The cafes and shops make it a great urban gathering point, bringing people to books.
- Stuttgart City Library, Germany – Now this is not your typical library. This is an all-white library with a reading room shaped like an inverted pyramid. This looks like something out of the future. The only colour comes from the spines of the thousands of books lining the shelves. A must-visit.
- Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt – Legend has it the original library was burned down more than 1,600 years ago accidentally by none other than Julius Caesar. The façade of this library is covered in letters and characters from over a hundred different languages, and the tilted, circular building is something to see.
- Al-Qarawiyyin library in Fez, Morocco – This is the oldest continually operating library in the world. Just for that, it is worth a visit. It was opened in 859CE and is still operating over a thousand years later.
If you do go to any of the above libraries or any other beautiful library, send us a pic and a message!