Permalink - 14 December 2013 
Biblioteca Joanina, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Biblioteca Joanina, University of Coimbra, Portugal


Permalink - 14 December 2013 
Biblioteca Joanina, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Biblioteca Joanina, University of Coimbra, Portugal


Permalink - 14 December 2013 
Biblioteca Joanina, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Biblioteca Joanina, University of Coimbra, Portugal


Permalink - 14 December 2013 
Biblioteca Joanina, University of Coimbra, Portugal

Biblioteca Joanina, University of Coimbra, Portugal


Permalink - 14 December 2013 
The Joanina Library (Biblioteca Joanina) is the Baroque library of the University of Coimbra, built in the 18th century during the reign of the Portuguese King João V (and named after him). It is located in upper Coimbra, the university historic centre, near the university tower, and is part of University of Coimbra General Library.
Over the entrance door, the library exhibits the national coat of arms. Inside, there are three great rooms divided by decorated arches, bearing the same style as the portal and entirely executed by Portuguese artists. The walls are covered by two storied shelves, in gilded or painted exotic woods; the painted ceilings, by the Lisbon artists Simões Ribeiro and Vicente Nunes, blend harmoniously with the rest of the decoration. The library contains about 250 thousand volumes, namely works of medicine, geography, history, humanistic studies, science, civil and canon law, philosophy and theology. It is a National Monument and has a priceless historical value being one of the main tourist attractions among the older monuments belonging to the university. source: wikipedia 

The Joanina Library (Biblioteca Joanina) is the Baroque library of the University of Coimbra, built in the 18th century during the reign of the Portuguese King João V (and named after him). It is located in upper Coimbra, the university historic centre, near the university tower, and is part of University of Coimbra General Library.

Over the entrance door, the library exhibits the national coat of arms. Inside, there are three great rooms divided by decorated arches, bearing the same style as the portal and entirely executed by Portuguese artists. The walls are covered by two storied shelves, in gilded or painted exotic woods; the painted ceilings, by the Lisbon artists Simões Ribeiro and Vicente Nunes, blend harmoniously with the rest of the decoration. The library contains about 250 thousand volumes, namely works of medicine, geography, history, humanistic studies, science, civil and canon law, philosophy and theology. It is a National Monument and has a priceless historical value being one of the main tourist attractions among the older monuments belonging to the university. source: wikipedia 


Permalink - 26 May 2013 
The Library of the Mafta Palace in Portugal

The Library of the Mafta Palace in Portugal


Permalink - 26 May 2013 
The Library of the Mafta Palace in Portugal

The Library of the Mafta Palace in Portugal


Permalink - 26 May 2013 
The Library of the Mafta Palace in Portugal

The Library of the Mafta Palace in Portugal


Permalink - 26 May 2013 
The Library of the Mafta Palace in Portugal

The Library of the Mafta Palace in Portugal


Permalink - 26 May 2013 
The Library of the Mafta Palace in Portugal is a Rococo library, situated at the back of the second floor and truly the highlight of this palace, rivalling the grandeur of the library of the Melk Abbey in Austria. Built by Manuel Caetano de Sousa, this library is 88 m long, 9.5 m wide and 13 m high. The magnificent floor is covered with tiles of rose, grey and white marble. The wooden bookshelves in Rococo style are situated on the sidewalls in two rows, separated by a balcony with a wooden railing. They contain over 35,000 leather-bound volumes, attesting of the extent of western knowledge from the 14th to the 19th century. Among them, are many valuable bibliographical jewels, such as incunabula. These beautiful finished volumes were bound in the local workshop (Livraria) in the rocaille style (also by Manuel Caetano de Sousa).
Besides natural techniques of conservation for the books, such as the lack of space between the wall and the book (so it doesn’t create humidity), there are also a few bats that inhabit this library eating any insect that could destroy this invaluable treasure.
The Library was used in Gulliver’s Travels (1996) as the Great Chamber of War for the Emperor of Lilliput.

The Library of the Mafta Palace in Portugal is a Rococo library, situated at the back of the second floor and truly the highlight of this palace, rivalling the grandeur of the library of the Melk Abbey in Austria. Built by Manuel Caetano de Sousa, this library is 88 m long, 9.5 m wide and 13 m high. The magnificent floor is covered with tiles of rose, grey and white marble. The wooden bookshelves in Rococo style are situated on the sidewalls in two rows, separated by a balcony with a wooden railing. They contain over 35,000 leather-bound volumes, attesting of the extent of western knowledge from the 14th to the 19th century. Among them, are many valuable bibliographical jewels, such as incunabula. These beautiful finished volumes were bound in the local workshop (Livraria) in the rocaille style (also by Manuel Caetano de Sousa).

Besides natural techniques of conservation for the books, such as the lack of space between the wall and the book (so it doesn’t create humidity), there are also a few bats that inhabit this library eating any insect that could destroy this invaluable treasure.

The Library was used in Gulliver’s Travels (1996) as the Great Chamber of War for the Emperor of Lilliput.


Permalink - 5 February 2012 
Livreria Lello

Livreria Lello


Permalink - 5 February 2012 

Livraria Lello

Livraria Lello


Permalink - 5 February 2012 
Livraria Lello

Livraria Lello


Permalink - 5 February 2012 
Livraria Lello & Irmão, also known as Livraria Chardron or simply Livraria Lello (Lello Bookshop) is a bookshop located in central Porto, Portugal. Along with Bertrand in Lisbon, it is one of the oldest bookshops in Portugal. In 2011, the Australian Travel Guides and Guidebooks editor Lonely Planet classified Livraria Lello as the third best bookshop in the world.

Livraria Lello & Irmão, also known as Livraria Chardron or simply Livraria Lello (Lello Bookshop) is a bookshop located in central Porto, Portugal. Along with Bertrand in Lisbon, it is one of the oldest bookshops in Portugal. In 2011, the Australian Travel Guides and Guidebooks editor Lonely Planet classified Livraria Lello as the third best bookshop in the world.