Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Lovely Library Tuesday: Royal Portuguese Library, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

For Lovely Library Tuesday we visit  The Gabinete Português de Leitura (The Royal Portuguese Library) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The two-floored metallic building was designed by Portuguese architect Rafael da Silva e Castro, and has a façade that is embellished with sculptures by Simões de Almeida depicting Prince Henry the Navigator, Vasco da Gama, Pedro Álvares Cabral and Luís de Camões.  In the amazing  interior, the three-tiered reading room reaches the full height of the building. The  galleries for the bookshelves all rest upon iron colonnades decorated with neo-Gothic motifs. A huge skylight of stained glass illuminates the three-tiered room below.The title of Real Gabinete Português de Leitura was given by  King Manuel II in 1906. With close to 400,000 titles, the library is the largest collection of Portuguese works outside of Portugal itself including rare original manuscripts, singular works of literature, and unique proofs.







8 comments:

Teresa Robeson said...

I'm not sure I'd get much reading done there because I'd be too busy staring at the beautiful ceiling and chandelier.

Douglas Florian said...

Yes, I think I would draw the books, not read them!

Rosemoo said...

If you're ever up in Ithaca NY there's a lovely library on Cornell campus that's worth visiting. Something like the 'White' library I think, all fancy balustrades and metal and prettines. Not nearly as lovely as this though!

Douglas Florian said...

I did visit schools in Ithaca a few years ago, but not on Campus. I'll catch that library next time. Thanx Rosemoo.

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