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Livraria Lello

Rua das Carmelitas 144, Porto 4050 161, Portugal
+351(0)222 002037
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Ranked #4 of 22 shopping in Porto
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Traveler Description: This famous bookshop is open 1 hour before official opening hours in order to give you a chance to take pictures. The official opening hours are... more »
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Porto, Portugal
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Livraria Lello, was open to the public on the 13th January 1906. Is an icon of Portugal and is unequalled with any other bookshop in the world. It is very difficult to take pictures but you can obtain a video and I am sure that it will be a good memory of your visit to Porto.

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London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW via mobile

The staircases at Hogwarts were supposedly based on the staircase in this shop. The shop staff are not pleasant and are clearly tired of the tourist crowds. Not worth waiting on line, but if you must go, go between 9 and 10 am when there are shorter lines. They also permit photos during that hour.

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IJsselstein, The Netherlands
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

So easily to be overlooked; please, stop. They don't build bookshops like this anymore. Uncomparable with any other bookshop. Main activiity of the staff is preventing people making pictures, even when they are dealing with a customer.

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Beijing, China
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32 reviews 32 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Similar to other reviewers, I thought this bookstore was beautiful but was disappointed I couldn't take a picture.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

Absolutely stunning staircase, a work of art and a must see. Such a pity the staff where very poor in not allowing you to take pictures. This is the first location we've visited that don't allow pictures, which is such a pity. I can't imagine the majority of people in the shop were buying books?? Certainly still worth visiting to... More

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Volos, Greece
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

It ranked 3rd in the world according to "Lonely Planet". I'm just curious to see the first two... Unbelievably beautiful!!!!

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Paris, France
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

This is very beautiful building I do not recommend for anyone to get inside. The staff was very impolite and rude with me and my family because my mother rang the security system with her clothes. I was never so rudely treated. Take pictures out side and go. This behavior is completely in disagree with very kind Porto people.

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Melbourne, Australia
20 reviews 20 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

The store is like something out of the 19th century and the staircase is rumoured to be the inspiration for the moving staircases in Hogwarts. I'm really glad we saw it. We really would have liked to have a coffee but no one was manning the station, it seems like they would be more attentive to this as a revenue... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Okay, the building is beautiful, but that's all... Really bad as bookstore, it's full, small, there is no one to help you (there were three guys, two selling and the other one shouting 'no photos'), i asked for a portuguese classic (os lusiadas) to the guys downstairs and they sent me up, asked in the second floor and they sent... More

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Porto, Portugal
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

It is difficult to describe this store. It's amzingly beautifull. The winner of the above mentioned contest is in Buenos Aires but I don't know it name. A friend of mine that know both book shops, finds this one more beautifull. It's obviously worth of a visit. Stupidly, you are not allowed to take pictures, although I already saw people... More

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