Some of the worlds most majestic libraries

Good morning my lovelies, this morning I decided to do something a bit different. Normally I feature a place, town, village, country. But, I wanted to take today to highlight some of the worlds most beautiful libraries, because if you plan on traveling, for those bookworms out there, visiting a beautiful library is a must have. So today I will be featuring five of the most beautiful libraries you have ever seen. And seeing as there are plenty more, on Friday, I will be posting five more until I have exhausted every library that is worth seeing. I’m a bookworm myself, so I can appreciate libraries, even ones that are utterly majestic, and seeing as I just featured a project on my DIY blog for vintage bookmarks, I thought I’d keep the ball rolling here. So let’s begin our journey, shall we?

5 Majestic libraries that are a must see on your next trip abroad.

 

The first library looks like something out a royal palace, with its fine art and statues lining either side of the library. Located in Ulm Germany, Wiblingen monastery library can be found south of the city in upper Swabia. It was founded in 1093 by Counts Hartmann and Otto von Kirchberg. The monastery was built in the imposing, monumental style typical of late-Baroque architecture.

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The Admont Abbey library, found in Admont, Austria, was commissioned by Abbot Matthäus Offner in 1764, and was built by master builder Josef Hueber. The sculptor Josef Stammel created the statues out of limewood, and my favorites, are a four statues that he had carved signifying death, judgement, heaven, and hell. Again, here we have a library that looks as if it too, was in a palace, and I think these sorts of libraries happen to be my favorites.

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This next library is an absolutely beautiful library, and I do love the look of the old dark wood, it’s my other favorite type of library. The Joanine library at the University of Coimbra, in Portugal, Was built in the early 1800s apparently on top of the ruins of a medieval royal prison. It contains a lot of rare books from the 15th and 16th century, which happens to be my favorite types of books, as  old as I can get them, I just love the history of old books.

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The library of El Escorial in Madrid, Spain, was built in 1592. The interior was decorated by Spanish and Italian artists of the 16th and 17th centuries, Pellegrino Tibaldi and Federico Zuccaro being among the earliest painters. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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The Strahov monastery library, located in Prague, Czech Republic, holds 200,000 old prints from between the 16th and 18th century. Also 3000 manuscripts, and 1500 first prints. There are two beautifully decorated halls, the Theological Hall and the Philosophical Hall. There was a big fire in 1258, then it was damaged by Hussite warriors in the 15 th century. Swedish troops invaded Prague in 1648 and they took many books to Sweden with them. The Theological hall was built in the Baroque style by Giovanni Domenico Orsi in 1679. The Philosophical Hall was built by Jan Ignaz Palliardi in the 18th century. admiral lord Horatio Nelson in 1800, and Napoleon´s wife Marie Louise in 1812 both visited the museum at one time.

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These libraries truly are a sight to see, and they boast so much rich history, that it would be a shame (even if you’re not a bookworm), to pass the opportunity by to visit them. Just the thought that I could view, and maybe even read some of the oldest books ever created, is something I can hope to look forward to one day.

 

Ciao Lovelies

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