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Massimo Listri: the world’s most beautiful libraries

Dal Kikin
September 28, 2018

Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

Massimo Listri born in 1953 and began his career of photographer at a very young age. At the age of 17 he collaborated with numerous magazines dedicated to art and architecture and continued to expand his work, providing numerous photographic services for publications on art, architecture and interior design.

His new project represents photographs of the most beautiful and magnificent libraries of the world, real pearls, in which the treasure of human knowledge is stored.

Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland on the first picture is the largest library in Ireland and is the permanent home to the Book of Kells: A richly illustrated manuscript book, created by Irish monks around 800. One of the most generously decorated with exquisite miniatures and ornaments of medieval manuscripts among all those that have reached us.

Stiftsbibliothek Admont, Admont, Austria

The library of the Abbey Admonter contains more than 1400 valuable manuscripts, more than half of them belong to medieval literature. Number of incunabula (books printed before 1500) and early prints (printed works period 1501-1520 years) account for more than 930 books.

Biblioteca do Convento de Mafra, Mafra, Portugal

The architect Manuel Clemente de Souza built a library of 88 meters long with a cross-plan, divided into different subject: medicine, philosophy, literature, law, grammar and dictionaries, customs encyclopedias, travel books. In the southernmost wing there are religious themes, and in the north, on the opposite side, profane scientists. Unique or very rare specimens with caution thousands, as in the case of the first edition of the Qur'an in 1543, the polyglot of the Bible 1514 or the first edition of the "Lusiades." The army of tiny bats that hunt for insects that eat paper, ink and glue is responsible for preserving these centuries-old works.

Biblioteca Statale Oratoriana dei Girolamini, Naples, Italy

The library, open to the public since 1586, is the oldest in Naples (the second in Italy after the Malatestiana in Cesena) and specializes in philosophy, theology, the history of the Christian church, the sacred and operatic music and the history of Europe.

Stiftsbibliothek Kremsmünster, Kremsmünster, Austria

Another Austrian library, represented on our list. The architect Carlo Antonio Carlone, who immortalized himself in the library at the Abbey of Kremsmünster, began his project around 1680, respectively, the architecture of the building also resembles baroque. The ceiling of the library represents portraits of important historians, scholars and writers.

One of the treasures stored in the library is the Millenarians Code, which contains all four Gospels in Latin translation, is one of the three precious sanctuaries of Kremsmünster Abbey, which have outstanding sacred and cultural and historical value.

Real Gabinete Portugues de Leitura, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

From Europe we move to the American continent to Brazil. The library was founded in 1837 by forty-three Portuguese immigrants for the development of culture among its community in the then capital of the empire. The building, designed by the Portuguese architect Rafael da Silva and Castro, was built between 1880 and 1887 in the neo-Manueline manner. Among the approximately 350,000 items there are publications dating from the beginning of the 16th century: "Sacraments of King Manuel" (1521), manuscripts and many others.

Stiftsbibliothek Sankt Gallen, St Gallen, Switzerland

Stiftsbibliothek Sankt Gallen is the oldest library in Switzerland. Founded in the monastery of St. Gall, the first abbot of this monastery by Saint Othmar in the beginning of the VIII century. The library of the St. Gallen Monastery has one of the most significant collections of ancient books and manuscripts in Europe. It contains 2,100 manuscripts dating back to the 8th and 15th centuries (for example, the manuscript "Songs of the Nibelungs" and Missal Fintan of Reinau)

Bibliotheque Sainte-Genevieve, Paris, France

Bibliothe?que Sainte-Genevie?ve is one of the largest public and universal libraries in Paris. The building of the library was built in 1843-1851 in imitation of the architecture of the Italian Renaissance by the project of Henri Labrusta on the site of the abolition of Saint Genevieve destroyed during the Great French Revolution. The library's funds make up more than 2 million, including a collection of books of the Abbey of Saint Genevieve, containing medieval manuscripts.

Rijksmuseum, Research Library, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Rijksmuseum, Research Library, is the largest public public scientific library that has ever existed in the history of the Netherlands, which is also a part of the museum's division. The online web catalog of the library contains about 300,000 monographs, 3,400 periodicals and over 40,000 works of art.

Strahovska Knihovna, Prague, Czech Republic

Strahovska Knihovna is a unique and valuable of the surviving historical libraries - the collection contains more than 200,000 volumes. The oldest part of the library is the Theological Hall in the Baroque style emerged in 1671-74, and the central vaults of the era of classicism in the Philosophical Hall date back to 1794 and reach the height of two floors. The decoration of the halls is the magnificent ceiling murals by S. Nosetsky and F. A. Maulbercha.

Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra, Portugal

The Joanin library is located at the University of Coimbra, next to the university tower and named after the Portuguese King João V, during whose reign the library building was built. The building was built in the XVIII century. In the decorative elements of the interior of the library there is a strong baroque style, the hallmark of which is the abundance of gilded details. Among the collection of the library there are rare specimens, such as one of the 20 ancient Judean Bibles.