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“Too busy but interior design is very unique”
Review of Livraria Lello

Livraria Lello
Ranked #7 of 233 things to do in Porto
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Livraria Lello is a bookshop with an extraordinary historical and architectural value, located at the number 144 of Rua das Carmelitas, in downtown Porto, in Portugal. Its origins date back to 1881, when the brothers José and António Lello opened an establishment at the nearby Rua do Almada, Porto, dedicated to publish and selling books. In 1894 they purchased the Chardron Bookstore, founded in 1869 by the French publisher Ernest Chardron, responsible for publishing much of the work of the famous Portuguese writer Camilo Castelo Branco. The expansion of business encouraged the Lello brothers to build a new house for their shop. They choose the neighbourhood of Carmelitas, a prestigious shopping area that was being developed in the city of Porto. The project of the building was entrusted to the engineer Francisco Xavier Esteves – considered the introducer of reinforced concrete in civil constructions in Portugal – which ended up presenting a true work of art. Opened in 1906, the bookshop boasts a façade in Gothic style, distinct from the surrounding urban landscape. Inside, shelves and ceilings are copiously. The staircase is particularly remarkable, as well as the large stained glass window bearing the bookshop monogram with the motto "Decus in labore" (dignity at work, in Latin). In 2016, a careful restoration gave back the original look and brightness to the façade and the stained glass. Travel + Leisure magazine considered Livraria Lello as the coolest bookshop in the world; the television station CNN consider it to be the most beautiful on the planet; Time magazine, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, all recognized that Livraria Lello is one of the most beautiful in the world for its unique historical and artistic value.
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Reviewed 27 June 2018 via mobile

The architecture is unique and exceptional. However, the five euros admission can only be redeemed in the bookstore, not associated to the gift shop next to it. The selection of available books is rather limited.

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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Unfortunayely too many people are allowed to enter the place. No limitation and you can not get good pics there

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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Such a fun visit to this library! The architecture was amazing and felt like Harry Potter. An incredible selection of books to choose from both in English and Portugese. Highly recommend, especially for Harry Potter fans

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Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

Beautiful bookshop, probably the most beautiful I have ever seen. Can get busy though and might have a line to wait to get in.

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Reviewed 25 June 2018

In the shop besides the interior speaking for itself there is a special door of rare and old books department. This is the real treasure but to feel the true value you'd better talk to Rui, the librarian, the one who knows all ins and outs. He is one of the best interlocutor I've met travelling through this country. Thanks Rui. Time flies and I am following your precious recipe on what to read and how.

Thank Daria K
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