The façade has an almost church look in a late 19th-century Neo-Gothic style and suggests a cathedral of learning. Two painted figures look inward, representing Science and Art. The building was constructed in 1894 to house the bookstore of Ernesto Chardron. The bookshop changed hands many times before being finally acquired by the Lello brothers (Antonio and Jose) in 1906. When it was first opened, it became a popular hang-out for Porto's in-crowd, artists, poets and writers alike. The interior is somewhat otherworldly. One feels you're stepping into a fantasy. A curving staircase in a typically fluid Art Nouveau style flows between the two floors and is said to have inspired J.K. Rowling's Hogwarts in the Harry Potter books. A red velvet carpet adds to the overall effect. Every available space seems to be occupied by books of all possible size and shape. A magnificent stained-glass skylight illuminates the building sporting the design of the shop's logo and the slogan 'Decus in Labore' (Lat. In honour of labour).
Forget any notion of quietly reading as Livraria Lello bookshop has become a popular tourist attraction, and rightfully so. The shop's fortunes were not always so great. During the mid-twentieth century, the shop suffered decades of neglect and few into a state of disrepair. A restoration programme took place in the '90s returning it to its former glory. Arrive early or buy a ticket online beforehand to avoid long queues
Monday - Friday: 10h00 - 19h30, Saturday: 10h00 - 19h00, Sunday: CLOSED
€5.00 (refunded with a purchase).
With this entrance ticket you can gain entry to the Lello Bookshop at your leisure. Buy online before you arrive to avoid queues and have the convenience of the e-ticket on your phone…
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| Tram 22
Porto's trams, or street cars, (electrico) once had routes all over the city, sadly now only three remain. They run as a living museum offering visitors an enjoyable way to see the city. The tram 22 departs from Batalha and traverses a one way loop of central Porto to Carmo where it connects with the number 18 tram route. A one-way trip takes about 20 minutes depending on traffic.
Rua das Carmelitas, 144, 4050-161 Porto, Portugal. | 41º 08' 49" N | 08º 36' 53" W
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