Livraria Lello

Livraria Lello, Porto

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Livraria Lello in Porto is one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world. This is partly because of its stairwell that inspired writer J.K. Rowling of the Harry Potter series for her stories.

Livraria Lello dates from the early 20th century and is wildly popular due to its fine details. The exterior has a neo-Gothic architectural style and the interior is a mixture of Art Nouveau and Art Deco with beautiful carvings. The first floor is made entirely of wood and the second floor consists of beautiful plasterwork that has been painted. The ceiling is almost entirely stained glass and, as a showpiece, there is a very special fairy red staircase in the middle of the bookshop. This magnificent staircase and towering bookshelves make this shop an absolute gem. Consequently, there is almost always a gigantic queue at the entrance.

Opening hours:

Livraria Lello is open every day of the year from: 09:30 AM to 07:00 PM.

Photographer: Redcharlie by Unsplash

Tips and Tricks!

Here are a few tips you should know before you visit Livraria Lello!

  • Writer; J.K. Rowling of the Harry Potter series came here for inspiration for her ‘Harry Potter’ books.
  • Unfortunately, the bookshop is no longer free to visit. To regulate the crowds in the bookshop, you should purchase admission tickets of around โ‚ฌ5.00.
  • If you do not buy anything, it is forbidden to take photos. This is strictly controlled!
Photographer: Ivo Rainha by Unsplash

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