Interesting Bookstores in the World

September 27, 2014 | Interesting Facts

Shakespeare and Company

 

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” Joseph Addison ~

At this instance, we expect you already have realized that there is some sense in reading a book, especially when it comes to benefitting your health.

But the question is, books seem to be running out. Where do you find them?

Obviously, you don’t have to go far and do a lot of effort in finding a library or bookstore near you. If you really want start to love reading a book once again, take a look at this interesting list we made for you:

The Most Interesting Bookstores in the World

You definitely would love to go out and visit any of these bookstores. If you want some good reason to re-ignite your love for books, any one of these will certainly trigger your interest.

1. Shakespeare and Company

This one is located in Paris. Unveiled in 1951, the bookstore actually looks like a place straight out of an Ernest Hemingway book. It is a namesake of the very first Shakespeare and Company. Formerly managed by an American bookseller Sylvia Beach, the name Shakespeare and Company was then taken with permission by Le Mistral.

2. Ateneo

El Ateneo was once a cinema, ultimately converted into a bookstore in 2000. What it boasts is a photogenic and very wide area, highlighted with centuries-old decor and architecture. Since the place was once a theater, the theater boxes as well as the stage have been converted into reading spaces.

3.  Assouline Venezia

This interesting bookstore is located in Venice, Italy, specifically in the ground floor of the Bauer Hotel. The place is home to very expensive books, including those that are classified as handcrafted volumes of the store’s Ultimate Collection. Some are priced at $500 while others can reach up to $7,000. There are books about architecture, fashion, travel, and lifestyle.

4. Livraria Lello

One of the oldest in this list, the Livraria Lello has been in existence since 1869. It was subjected to major reconstruction in 1906 by renowned engineer Xavier Esteves. Today, it is considered as one of the best and most attractive bookstores in the world. It is highlighted by neo-Gothic architecture with a sweeping staircase, stained glass, and plaster ceiling emulating wood.

5. Boekhandel Domincanen

Originally a Dominican church in the 13th century, the building was converted into a bookstore in 2006. It boasts an award-winning redesign, featuring more than 40,000 books in various languages including English, French, Spanish, Italian, and Dutch. Plus they have the best coffee in town!

Now if you have the chance to visit one of these bookstores, we surely bet you’re going to love reading books once again. You see, there are a lot of reasons to do so, with the most important one being the fact that it comes with several health benefits.

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