St Gallen Abbey Library is home to one of the most beautiful book collections in the world. Photo/List Verse
LONDON – Libraries are an important part that determines a nation’s civilization. It is not surprising that developed nations also have many libraries that are complete, but also beautiful.
Here are the 10 most beautiful libraries in the world.
1. Bristol Central Library, England
According to List Verse, the Bristol Central Library is a historic building on the south side of College Green, Bristol, England. It contains the main collections of Bristol’s public library.
Built in 1906, the building is interesting for its combination of influential and unique architectural styles. The front exterior was designed in a Tudor Revival and Modern Movement style to harmonize with the Abbey Gatehouse next door.
It was built on a slope, and the front of the building is only three stories high, but thanks to two basement levels built into the hill, the back of the building has five floors.
2. Trinity College Library, Ireland
As well as being incredibly beautiful, it is also the largest library in all of Ireland. It is the library of Trinity College and Dublin University, and serves as the country’s copyright library, to which copies of all new books and periodicals must be sent when they apply for copyright protection.
It is also the only Irish library to hold such rights in the UK. The library is the permanent home of the famous Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript created by Celtic monks around the year 800.
3. Austrian National Library, Austria
Located in the Hofburg Palace in Vienna, the Austrian National Library is the largest library in Austria with 7.4 million items in its collections.
The library was completed in 1723 and features sculptures by Lorenzo Mattielli and Peter Strudel as well as frescoes by Daniel Gran. The library complex includes four museums, as well as several special collections and archives.
4. Wiblingen Abbey Library, Germany
Completed in 1744, the monastery library is located in the north wing of Wiblingen Abbey. The beautiful Rococo interior features winding ornamental galleries supported by numerous columns.