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“A place to remember”
Review of Livraria Lello

Livraria Lello
Ranked #15 of 288 things to do in Porto
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Livraria Lello is a bookshop with an extraordinary historical and architectural value, located at the number 144 of Rua das Carmelitas, in downtown Porto, in Portugal. Its origins date back to 1881, when the brothers José and António Lello opened an establishment at the nearby Rua do Almada, Porto, dedicated to publish and selling books. In 1894 they purchased the Chardron Bookstore, founded in 1869 by the French publisher Ernest Chardron, responsible for publishing much of the work of the famous Portuguese writer Camilo Castelo Branco. The expansion of business encouraged the Lello brothers to build a new house for their shop. They choose the neighbourhood of Carmelitas, a prestigious shopping area that was being developed in the city of Porto. The project of the building was entrusted to the engineer Francisco Xavier Esteves – considered the introducer of reinforced concrete in civil constructions in Portugal – which ended up presenting a true work of art. Opened in 1906, the bookshop boasts a façade in Gothic style, distinct from the surrounding urban landscape. Inside, shelves and ceilings are copiously. The staircase is particularly remarkable, as well as the large stained glass window bearing the bookshop monogram with the motto "Decus in labore" (dignity at work, in Latin). In 2016, a careful restoration gave back the original look and brightness to the façade and the stained glass. Travel + Leisure magazine considered Livraria Lello as the coolest bookshop in the world; the television station CNN consider it to be the most beautiful on the planet; Time magazine, The Guardian, Lonely Planet, all recognized that Livraria Lello is one of the most beautiful in the world for its unique historical and artistic value.
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Busiest yet the morning st beautiful bookshop in Porto. English book for children was a bit expensive and limited choice.

Thank Simorangkir M
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

A really cool experience to walk through this incredibly unique bookstore. Definitely recommend getting there early in the morning as the line can become very long.

Thank Carrie F
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

If you are in Porto, this is a must see. I would recommend visiting off-hours (early in the morning or later in the evening before they close... we were lucky that we didn't have to wait in line at all, but have seen the queue at its ugliest. During peak tourist seasons, you will have to wait, but if you grab a coffee and a friend, the time passes by quickly. The price of your ticket goes towards a bookstore purchase, if desired, and you can find English books as well as Portuguese. We got some AMAZING pictures as well. IF you have kids, they have a spot in the back of the store (where you buy your tickets) where kids can color to pass some time. Highly recommend.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

Although this is an amazing building, it is totally touristy now.
You have to line up for 4 Euro tickets to get in, then line up again after purchasing your ticket yo actually get in.
Then you fight your way through dense crowds of tourists trying to take photos.
If you are a book lover, go elsewhere for your calm perusing of books.
I am not sure how else they can handle the popularity of this site though. They do give you your 4 Euro back on purchase of books, if you find this atmosphere conducive to book shopping.

Thank OntarioJackson
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

It is a unique and magic place, only pity that the experience is ruined by the masses of people who take pictures of themselves. We were lucky to wait “only” 30 minutes - bought tickets in advance, came ten minutes before they opened in a rainy morning and Easter Monday....

Thank Zuzana55
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