Library at the University of Coimbra (1290), Portugal
Throughout its existence, mankind has always looked for ways of consolidating its knowledge and conveying it to future generations. What would be of history or of knowledge if the happenings and hardships of humanity hadn't been written down and stored somewhere? Quite simply, they would've become facts which quickly turned into legends.
We all have a place that fascinates us. A place that has an almost magic aura, that makes us think about various issues. One of the places that fascinates and attracts me the most is an old library, filled with books and knowledge. Strolling around the very same place someone else has strolled, shelf after shelf, closet after closet of books that have been an open door for knowledge and mankind's own evolution is a staggering experience.
Knowing that some of these books have been, at some point, handled by students and masters that possibly went on to change humanity through their contributions towards medicine, philosophy, engineering or poetry makes the experience of standing in such a place, at least, fascinating.
Here are some pictures of these amazing rooms of knowledge.
Portuguese Royal Cabinet of Reading (1837), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Abbey Library(613), Suitzerland
Library at the Palace and Convent of Mafra (1715), Portugal
Library Strahov (1143) - Prague, Czech Republic
George Peabody Library (1857), USA
Library at the Benedictine Monastery (1074), Austria
Library at the Melk Abbey (1089), Austria
Sansovino's Library (1560), Rome
Library at Trinity College (Séc. XVI), Dublin, Ireland
Vatican Library (Séc. IV), Vatican, Rome
Austria's National Library (1493), Vienna, Austria
Klementium Library, Prague, Czech Republic