Libraries may not be high on top of many travelers must see attractions. But there are several out there that are attracting its share of local and foreign guests. And you do not have to be a self-professed book nerd to add many of them to your list of must-see places. With hundreds to choose from, here are eight of the most stunning libraries in the world in alphabetical order.
1. Abbey Library of St. Gallen, Switzerland
Abbey Library of St. Gallen is located in the Convent of St Gall which is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. It is touted to be one of the oldest libraries in the world with an extensive collection of manuscripts that date back to several centuries. The library boasts of stunning architecture and interiors as well as over a hundred thousand of volumes in its collection. It is also home to an ancient architectural plan.
2. Admont Abbey Library, Austria
The Admont Abbey Library, nestled in the midst of breathtaking scenery, is the world’s largest monastery library. Its architecture, the frescoes on the ceiling, and sculptures are among the beautiful highlights to see when visiting this mesmerizing library.
3. Clementinum National Library, Czech Republic
The Clementinum is a stunning display of baroque architecture and frescoes. It is home to several collections included rare globes. Walking along the library hall is like being transported back in time.
4. Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
This beautiful library houses a collection of books that include those from Thomas Jefferson. A mosaic of the Roman goddess Minerva is depicted overlooking the main reading room.
5. The Library of El Escorial, Spain
The Royal Seat of San Lorenzo de El Escorial is a famous attraction in its own right. The complex is also home to the The Library of El Escorial which has a collection of more than 40,000 books. The library features barrel vaults with frescoes, spectacular wooden shelves, and beautiful marble floors.
6. The Royal Library Copenhagen, Denmark
The Royal Library Copenhagen is striking with its modern design. Also referred the as the Black Diamond, the library features black granite. Many marvel at its stark angles, ceiling fresco, and the spectacular views it offer.