The most beautiful libraries in the world
Joanina Library, Portugal: The Joanina Library is located in the University of Coimbra, built in the 18th century by King John V of Portugal.
Joanina Library, Portugal: This late Baroque library is recognized as one of the most original and spectacular libraries in Europe.
The Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading, Brazil: This beautiful library is located in Rio de Janeiro.
The Royal Portuguese Cabinet of Reading, Brazil: It was inaugurated in 1887, and holds the largest collection of Portuguese language literature outside of Portugal.
Library of the National Palace of Mafra, Portugal: One of the gems of the historical city of Mafra, the library is located inside the palace.
Library of the National Palace of Mafra, Portugal: Work began on the library in 1717. The finished product was a luxurious library and one of Portugal's biggest attractions.
Beitou Library, Taiwan: This ecologically friendly library in Taipei first opened in 2006.
Beitou Library, Taiwan: Its environmentally conscious design means the building consumes less energy.
El Escorial, Spain: This impressive renaissance-style library, founded by Philip II in a monastery.
El Escorial, Spain: The library is as fascinating outside as it is inside, especially for the luxurious architecture and magnificent painted ceilings.