Libraries of the world so magnificent they’ll take your breath away

Libraries have long stood as the greatest symbol of our intellectual development. Many have been built on a grand scale, their creators sparing no expense. Despite the passage of time, some of these great public buildings still have the power to astound. In fact, there are very few modern libraries which have the ability to match these older ‘temples of knowledge’.

Here are 25 of the most surprising, astounding, incredible and beautiful libraries around the world.

 

The National Library of the Czech Republic, Prague, Czech Republic

 

Admont Abbey Library, Admont, Austria

 

Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

 

The Royal Portuguese Library, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

George Peabody Library, Baltimore, USA

 

The St. Florian Monastery Library, Linz-Land District, Austria

 

The National Library of France, Paris, France

 

The National Library of the Netherlands, The Hague, Netherlands

 

Austrian National Library, Vienna, Austria

 

The Joanina Library, Coimbra, Portugal

 

Stuttgart Municipal Library, Stuttgart, Germany

 

University of Iowa Law Library, Des Moines, USA

 

Science Library, Görlitz, Germany

 

The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library, New Haven, USA

 

French Senate Library, Paris, France

 

The New York Public Library, New York, USA

 

Walker Library, Minneapolis, USA

 

Vennesla Library, Vennesla, Norway

 

Mazarine Library, Paris, France

 

Library of St. John’s College, Cambridge, Britain

 

The Library of Congress, Washington, USA

 

Library of the Technical University, Iassi, Romania

 

Library of Sárospatak Reformed College, Sárospatak, Hungary

 

The National Library of China, Beijing

 

Source: boredpanda

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