When visiting new countries, we doubt that seeing libraries is one of the main attractions on your list. But libraries have much more to offer than just books. In addition to being the home for books, they have some of the most gorgeous architectural designs. These three libraries have it all and when visiting these cities around the world they shouldn’t be missed.
Royal Portuguese Reading Room, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
This library was created in 1837 and as the name suggests, it’s fit for royalty. You’ll want to bring your camera to get a snap of the four-story building which features a limestone exterior, blue ceilings, dark wood arches, and stained glass windows. Did we mention it’s home to 350,000 volumes to choose between?
Stuttgart City Library, Germany
Stuttgart City Library is one of the most modern libraries in the world with its bright, white five-story layout. The library opened in 2011 and it features a reading room shaped like an upside-down pyramid.
George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland
This Baltimore library is part of Johns Hopkins University and it opened in 1878. The library is totally free and you don’t have to be a student to enjoy the 300,000 volumes housed in it.