August 19, 2014
Biblioteca Universitaria Nazionale, Torino, Italy by Stefania Giannuzzi

Biblioteca Universitaria Nazionale, Torino, Italy by Stefania Giannuzzi

August 11, 2014

La caverne aux livres.

La caverne aux livres is a secondhand bookshop in Auvers-sur-Oise (30km to the North of Paris). The entrance of the bookshop is an ancient railway hangar, but from there you’ll quickly find yourself in an old postal train whose cars have been reconverted into giant bookshelves.

Text and photographs by Alexandre Duret-Lutz

July 21, 2014

Biblioteca de El Colegio Nacional by Ayrton_SF

Biblioteca de El Colegio Nacional by Ayrton_SF

July 9, 2014

Details of the Biblioteca Palafoxiana. Check our previous post with more photographs.

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Photographs by Beco (Alberto Alcocer)

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* Another post by Beco: Gertrudis Bocanegra Public Library.

June 30, 2014

In the city of Puebla, México, there is an old and very important library: La Biblioteca Palafoxiana (something like ‘Palafoxian’ Library would be the literal translation, noting that in Spanish biblioteca is where the books are for public read but not for sale as in a librería).

It would be completely useless trying to describe the bunch of feelings you get while entering the Biblioteca Palafoxiana room. The air is filled with the smell of cedar and old books, huge lines of thousands books’ spines on each side of the room, a XVIII century altarpiece at the end of the room, under the arched ceilings, furniture from different eras still —in use—… all that history and knowledge stored on those three stories with about forty thousand volumes.

Is considered the first public library in the continent.

Read the complete post. En español.

Photographs and information by Beco (Alberto Alcocer)

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* Another post by Beco: Gertrudis Bocanegra Public Library.

June 22, 2014

Mother Ship Of Books (Birmingham Library) by Paul Miller

Mother Ship Of Books (Birmingham Library) by Paul Miller

June 21, 2014

Dusty Tomes, part of the library in Cardiff Castle by Owen McGann

Dusty Tomes, part of the library in Cardiff Castle by Owen McGann

June 19, 2014

Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else by Amsterdam Today

Books are for people who wish they were somewhere else by Amsterdam Today

May 18, 2014

ifonlytiswas: The library Inside Chatsworth Stately Home, Northern England sadly it was roped off and i doubt if a book has been opened in a hundred years however it was worth a pause and a soft Wow….

ifonlytiswas: The library Inside Chatsworth Stately Home, Northern England sadly it was roped off and i doubt if a book has been opened in a hundred years however it was worth a pause and a soft Wow….

May 8, 2014

Temple of Books, Maastricht (NL) by Amsterdam Today:
This is a place of shocking interior experiences.
Construction of the church of the Dominicans was started in 1267, and it must have been finished c. 1280. The church is a good example of the Mosan style of Gothicism.
Typical for this style are the basilican shape of the building, the use of marl, fake triforiums and the so-called Maaskapiteel (Maascapital), a piece of sculpture that formed the top of a column and was richly decorated with stylized leaves.
The church must have been richly decorated once, but of this very little is left. Only a few badly ages paintings on the ceilings remind of better days. In 1794 the French occupiers hunted the Dominicans out of the city, after which the church was used by a parish for several more years. But in 1805 the building became a warehouse, and most of the interior’s works of art moved to other churches. More recently the building was used as an archive and bicycle parking.
The Municipality of Maastricht restored the church and its many valuable frescos, including a 1337 mural depicting the life of Thomas Aquinas, to their former glory.
Today the Dominicans’ church is a book shop. Selexyz Dominicanen Book Shop, called by many “the most beautiful book shop in the world”, which also has a cultural function.

Temple of Books, Maastricht (NL) by Amsterdam Today:

This is a place of shocking interior experiences.

Construction of the church of the Dominicans was started in 1267, and it must have been finished c. 1280. The church is a good example of the Mosan style of Gothicism.

Typical for this style are the basilican shape of the building, the use of marl, fake triforiums and the so-called Maaskapiteel (Maascapital), a piece of sculpture that formed the top of a column and was richly decorated with stylized leaves.

The church must have been richly decorated once, but of this very little is left. Only a few badly ages paintings on the ceilings remind of better days. In 1794 the French occupiers hunted the Dominicans out of the city, after which the church was used by a parish for several more years. But in 1805 the building became a warehouse, and most of the interior’s works of art moved to other churches. More recently the building was used as an archive and bicycle parking.

The Municipality of Maastricht restored the church and its many valuable frescos, including a 1337 mural depicting the life of Thomas Aquinas, to their former glory.

Today the Dominicans’ church is a book shop. Selexyz Dominicanen Book Shop, called by many “the most beautiful book shop in the world”, which also has a cultural function.