As a book lover, few things can compare to the pleasure of enjoying your book in a nice library.
And reading in one of the world’s most beautiful libraries is without doubt a very special experience.
You step in a large hall with walls and walls of books in the surrounding.
You look up the ceiling and see stunning paintings and frescos that remind you of people from generations before, people who built those shelves, who made those paintings, and who also came to read before you.
You sit at a table next to dozens of other people who are totally absorbed into their bookish world, but something in the way they quietly turn the pages that tell you they are all connected to you and to each other.
A beautiful library is like a different world. The world where knowledge, art, cultures, and peoples are in perfect harmony and tranquility. The world that while very different from your normal one, you feel completely belonged.
Let’s, together, explore the 10 most beautiful libraries in the world. Feel free to add all of them into your bucket list – I did.
1. Clementinum National Library, Czech Republic
Image courtesy of The Clementinum
The Clementinum (Klementinum in Czech), first founded in 1556, is a large building complex in Prague. It was the brainchild of some of the most prominent architects in Europe during the XVI – XVII century, including Carlo Lurago, Franz Maximilian Kanka, and Kilian Ignaz Dientzenhofer.
A library, the Baroque Library Hall, among other functional houses, was opened in the complex since the early time, together with a university. However, it was not until 1930 that the Clementinum became house to the National Library. Nowaday, it houses over 20,000 volumes of theological literature accumulated from the 17th century.
You can take a guided tour around the library and visit the Astronomical Tower, the Meridian Hall, and the Baroque Library Hall.