Snippet: Lello’s 110th anniversary

This blogger didn’t know it at all before reading an article on Público:  considered one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, Livraria Lello & Irmão in Porto celebrated its 110th anniversary (opened on 13 January 1906).

For the occasion there were recited Camilo Castelo Branco and Florbela Espanca, and the first visitors received a complementary copy of A Lágrima [The tear] by Guerra Junqueiro.

In 2013 the bookstore was declared part of Porto’s historical patrimony, and, due to slacking booksales and a steady flow of tourists, since July 2015 visitors are charged an entrance fee of 3,- EUR to see the spectacular interiors [a 360º view here] that are said to have inspired J.K. Rowling for the Harry Potter series.

In 2008, The Guardian declared it the third best bookshop worldwide; in 2011 Time had this short piece; in 2015 Slate had this article rich in pictures, and CNN declared it one of the coolest bookstores in the World.

Livraria Lello & Irmão
Rua das Carmelitas 144
4050-161 Porto
Portugal

SOURCE: Público, January 12, 2016

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