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Livraria Lello

Rua das Carmelitas, 144, Porto 4050-161, Portugal
+351 222018170
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Ranked #4 of 31 Shopping in Porto
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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Drogheda, Ireland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

As you enter the book store the architecture and interior design are stunning with an amazing interior of stained glass, carved wood, a curvaceous red stairway, pressed copper and glass-enclosed bookshelves. There is so much to take in all at once.... spend some time taking in all the fabulous features and then time to browse the extensive book collection too.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

A small beautiful bookshop. Well worth a visit and don't be put off by crowds - most disappear after a few minutes and it got quiet enough for us to be able to look around slowly. Even had the opportunity to buy an English copy of a novel by Portugal's Noble Prize winning author Jose Saramago. As other reviewers mention,... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

The most beautiful bookstore I've ever seen. Its very old, but keeps the original design. Its a place that everyone must visit in Porto.

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Belgium
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77 reviews 77 reviews
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

when we arrived home we decided to watch the Harry Potter movies. This a such a beautiful place. Visit between 9-10 AM to take pictures. We went back after 10AM to buy some books. This is impressive!

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East Grinstead, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Certainly there are MANY books on the shelves in this book shop. But what makes the difference between this and a regular book shop is the internal design, there is beautiful circular staircase up to the the next floor. The flooring of the stairs is red which contrasts well against the lovely wood of the carved banisters.All around the shop... More

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Milford Haven, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Worth a visit, the architecture inside this bookshop is amazing. There is a strict rule of no photographs and a shout goes out at regular intervals at ill advised tourists. The reason for this is that THEY sell you books of photos.

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Olafsfjordur, Iceland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Loved the store, the building, the decorations and of course vast variety of books. Photographing allowed between 9-10 in the morning else forbidden.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

An inspiring place that you will enjoy to visit...Photos are not allowed we can totally understand why... the best thing to do is to spent some time inside and record this amazing architecture in your mind...

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I was glad other reviewers said you can't take pictures here so I was prepared. It's a shame but oh well. Lots of people tried to sneak a pic with their phones or cameras, but there are signs everywhere and we kept hearing the shop people say, "No photo! No photo!" I guess they want to sell postcards. So that's... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

No pictures are allowed once inside the bookstore. However, it is a must see to understand the inspiration that it gave for Harry Potter fans.

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