The Most Breathtaking Libraries

Book lovers know that there are plenty of amazing things about libraries! You can get lost in beautiful stories, relax in the wonderful silence, or just enjoy that old book smell.

For all of you bibliophiles out there, here is a list of the most breathtaking libraries in the world!

Library of Escorial

Location: Madrid, Spain

If you like Renaissance architecture, paintings, and sculptures, then this is the library for you! Decorated by notable artists of the 16th and 17th-centuries, a walk through the Library of Escorial will feel like taking a stroll back in time. The beautifully carved wooden shelves hold more than 40,000 volumes, some of which are manuscripts dating back to 5 AD.

The stunning frescos on the ceiling were painted by Pellegrino Tibaldi, whose vibrant artwork makes the room feel illuminated and luxurious. With all this beauty and history within its walls, its no wonder the Library of Escorial is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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