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