As a fan of the arts, it is always a pleasure to spend time in a library. The experience becomes even more surreal when a library carries history and tradition from centuries ago.
It’s time to travel around the world and visit some of the oldest libraries in existence. There is no better place for bibliophiles to be than iconic libraries with ceiling-high bookshelves that compliment the age-old wooden tables and the sweet smell of old books.
Here are 5 of the most legendary libraries with ancient art and architecture that stood the test of time:
5) Malatestiana Library (1452) – Italy
The Biblioteca Malatestiana is a public library in Cesena, Italy is the fifth oldest library in the world and is a part of UNESCO’s prestigious “Memory of the World” sites. This library is a monastic library with over 400,000 books including 343 books that are chained to the tables for reading.
4) National Library of France (1368) – France
This library was France’s first royal library and it also has over 180,000 manuscripts and prints.
3) Sorbonne Interuniversity Library (1289) – France
This magnificent library was founded in 1289 and it distributed a lot of its books to other libraries during the French Revolution in 1791 in order to protect them.
Most of the books have been recovered by now and the library’s original architecture was restored in 2013.
2) Al-Qarawiyyin Library(825) – Morocco
1) St. Catherine’s Monastery Library (565) – Egypt
This library is a sight for sore eyes with its second largest collection of ancient manuscripts and codices after the Vatican City.
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Written by Sparsh Paul