We have grown used to traveling around the country – and even around the world, but sometimes it is worth remembering there are more ways of making voyages. I was thinking about imaginary travels today, the kind that fill our quiet hours with colors and fantasy. So I’d like to invited you on tour of the most beautiful libraries in the world.
One of the most beautiful libraries in the world is the National Library of Prague. In the capital city of the Czech Republic, you will find the Clementinum, an imposing historical building erected in the name of St. Clement in the middle ages. Today, it houses the national Czech library. Founded in 1777, the library has an outstanding patrimony of almost 7 million books, manuscripts and other artifacts. They are sheltered in the confines of the colorful, baroque interior of the library. A trip back in time to the 18th century is what’s in store just as you pass its threshold.
The Old Continent is not the only one to harbor important cultural institutions. In Brazil, in Rio de Janeiro, you can expect more than the Carnival. If you are in search of a good book, you must go to the Biblioteca Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura. It was established in 1837 by three Portuguese immigrants who wished to promote culture to this new country. The interior of the library is amazing: thousands of books line the walls from floor to roof, covering shelves, among arches and minutely sculptured columns. In 2014, the Times listed this Brazilian library as the 4th most beautiful library in the world.
Did you think Romania does not boast with the most beautiful libraries? Well, think again! The Central Library “Mihai Eminescu” of Iasi numbers more than 2.5 million items distributed throughout 30 rooms.
The building is beautiful, but more than that, it is worth mentioning that this is the first library in the country to be completely computerized, with a data basis and an important research activity.
If you book a Iasi airport transfer, you can take opportunity to visit a truly wonderful city.