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The world's most beautiful places to read. Libraries encapsulate the history of knowledge and stand as monuments to different epochs in architecture, interior design and art. by CNN
1. El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires - In a beautiful cross-pollination of the arts, one of the world's most stunning places to read isn't even a library, it is a theater in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Designed by Pero and Torres Arngol, the El Ateneo Grand Splendid started life as a stage for the performing arts in 1919, then a cinema. Once upon a time live tango played from an orchestra underneath silent movies. Now it's a majestic bookstore, complete with frescoes, balconies and original red curtains. Would you like to see the El Ateneo Grand Splendid library in Buenos Aires?
2. The Peabody Library, Baltimore, U.S.: Will Pryce: "This is an extraordinary space, a temple to the industrial age which creates an almost cathedral-like effect. There are thousands of books wherever you look and gorgeous ornate balustrades. Despite all the classical details it's actually made of iron and spans the weight of this huge library above the concert hall below." Have you ever visited the Peabody Library in Baltimore, U.S.?
3. The Bodleian Library, Oxford, UK - Will Pryce: "Arts End is one of most lovely corners of the group of libraries that constitute the Bodleian. Under the galleries there are little desks where readers face the bookshelves of one of the earliest wall-system libraries." Have you ever visited the Bodleian Library that is located in Oxford, UK?
4. Admont Abbey library, Admont, Austria – James Campbell: "This is one of the largest monastic libraries ever built. The whole thing is a complete work of art. The corridors and staircase that leads to it is relatively simple, so when you enter this stunning space flooded with light there is almost a moment of revelation, a theatrical effect. There are no desks to work at because these library rooms were never intended for study, but for impressing visitors. The books were taken back to the monks' warm cells to be read. It was built in 1776, a piece de resistance of rococo design." Do you agree that the Admont Abbey library in Austria looks like a complete work of art?
5. The Escorial Library, San Lorenzo de El Escorial, Spain - Will Pryce: "This library was ground-breaking. It established the template of using books to decorate the walls of the library which we've been using ever since. The great hall is a harmonious combination of bookshelves, books and a wonderful painted ceiling. It was complete by 1585 and influenced everything that followed it." Have you ever heard of the Escorial Library in Spain?
6. Mafra Palace Library, Mafra, Portugal – James Campbell: "The Mafra Palace Library in Mafra, Portugal is at 88 meters the longest Rococo monastic library in the world. Sadly the original designs are lost but we think it would have been covered in gold leaf with an ornate painted ceiling. However, because the construction lasted from 1717 to 1771, by the time it was completed a simplified decoration was adopted. The library also hosts a colony of bats who come out at night to feed on the insects who would otherwise eat the books." Are you familiar with any of these facts about the Mafra Palace Library in Portugal?
01/29/2017 Education 2004 51 By: msrcms