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Aren't libraries just magical? The peaceful silence, the mysteries of hundreds of books, the smell of them... And if the library itself is a Baroque architecture masterpiece it sure helps to increment the fascination. In case that your community hasn't been blessed with a local library resembling the one in Hogwarts, we can offer a picture list of the most beautiful ones for you to dwell on.

Italian artist Massimo Listri has traveled around the world capturing the beauty of the most famous libraries. The chosen institutions, revered for their historical value, architectural relevance and preciousness of the books they keep, are standalone works of art. For those lucky enough to visit these design marvels, spending a whole day at the library doesn't sound so bad!

Most of these ornate bibliothecas aren't open for civic uses, so Listri's pictures can take you on tour to those kept from the public eye. From Gothic architecture halls to gilded public libraries, these magnificent establishments can leave you in awe.

Scroll down and let your bibliophile side marvel at the charm the likes of which only these libraries can offer!

More info: Instagram | massimolistri.com

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Baroque Architecture Library Of Saint Gall, Gallen, Switzerland

Baroque Architecture Library Of Saint Gall, Gallen, Switzerland

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Palace Of Mafra Library, Mafra, Portugal

Palace Of Mafra Library, Mafra, Portugal

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Ashlyn Krell
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I kind of like the artistic license that is being taken in the photos. At the same time, I don't want people to think this is exactly what they'll see if they went there in person: http://lisbonlovers.com/page.php?p=278&cat=

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Famous Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

Famous Trinity College Library, Dublin, Ireland

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Royal Portuguese Cabinet Of Reading, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Royal Portuguese Cabinet Of Reading, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

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Wiblingen Abbey Library, Wiblingen, Germany

Wiblingen Abbey Library, Wiblingen, Germany

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Sainte-Geneviève Public Library, Paris, France

Sainte-Geneviève Public Library, Paris, France

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Riccardian Library, Firenze, Italy

Riccardian Library, Firenze, Italy

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Seitenstetten Abbey Library, Seitenstetten, Austria

Seitenstetten Abbey Library, Seitenstetten, Austria

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Library Of The Monastery Of San Francisco, Peru, South America

Library Of The Monastery Of San Francisco, Peru, South America

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Wiblingen Abbey Library, Wiblingen, Germany

Wiblingen Abbey Library, Wiblingen, Germany

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Strahov Monastery Library, Prague, Czech Republic

Strahov Monastery Library, Prague, Czech Republic

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National Library Of St Mark's, Venice, Italy

National Library Of St Mark's, Venice, Italy

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Marucelliana Library, Florence, Italy

Marucelliana Library, Florence, Italy

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Escorial Library, Madrid, Spain

Escorial Library, Madrid, Spain

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Admont Abbey Library, Admont, Austria

Admont Abbey Library, Admont, Austria

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Duchess Anna Amalia Library, Weimar, Germany

Duchess Anna Amalia Library, Weimar, Germany

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Saint Emmeram's Abbey Library, Regensburg, Germany

Saint Emmeram's Abbey Library, Regensburg, Germany

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Ottobeuren Abbey Library, Ottobeuren, Germany

Ottobeuren Abbey Library, Ottobeuren, Germany

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Melk Abbey Library, Melk, Austria

Melk Abbey Library, Melk, Austria

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State Library Oratoriana Girolami, Napoli, Italy

State Library Oratoriana Girolami, Napoli, Italy

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Joanina Library, Coimbra, Portugal

Joanina Library, Coimbra, Portugal

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They keep bats in this one to get rid of bugs that might harm the books

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Codrington Library, Oxford, Uk

Codrington Library, Oxford, Uk

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Palatina Library, Parma Italy

Palatina Library, Parma Italy

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Library Of Duke D'aumale, Sicily, Italy

Library Of Duke D'aumale, Sicily, Italy

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The Duke library is in France, in the Chantilly castle about an houre frome Paris. I have been myself, I think if I had have to made the journey to sicily I would have notice.

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Padula Charterhouse Library, Padula, Italy

Padula Charterhouse Library, Padula, Italy

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General Archive Of The Indies, Seville, Spain

General Archive Of The Indies, Seville, Spain

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Palafoxiana Library, Puebla, Mexico

Palafoxiana Library, Puebla, Mexico

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Braidense National Library, Milan, Italy

Braidense National Library, Milan, Italy

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Angelica Library, Rome, Italy

Angelica Library, Rome, Italy

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Vatican Apostolic Library, Vatican City

Vatican Apostolic Library, Vatican City

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5 years ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah the secret library is what I want to see, not the public one... So much information behind locked doors.

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Palermo Public Library, Palermo, Italy

Palermo Public Library, Palermo, Italy

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The Crociera Library, Rome, Italy

The Crociera Library, Rome, Italy

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you move things a little bit you could play chess o the ground :)

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Taipei Public Library, Taipei City, Taiwan

Taipei Public Library, Taipei City, Taiwan

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Corsiniana Library, Rome, Italy

Corsiniana Library, Rome, Italy

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Casanata Library, Rome, Italy

Casanata Library, Rome, Italy

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Vallicelliana Library, Rome, Italy

Vallicelliana Library, Rome, Italy

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Palazzo Altieri Library, Rome, Italy

Palazzo Altieri Library, Rome, Italy

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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The throne or balcony or whatever almost looks like it's floating

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Public Library Of Imola, Imola, Italy

Public Library Of Imola, Imola, Italy

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Margaret Lee
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5 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They are beautiful, but, personally, I love all the small town libraries where I have spent hundreds of hours, with so many dedicated librarians!

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