This is an extract of an article by Emily Temple on Jan 1, 2013. To see the full article click here.
A gorgeous converted Dominican church gives the power of reading its due diligence. Selexyz Bookstore, Maastricht, Holland
This divine neo-gothic bookstore, opened in 1906, contains what we consider to be the ultimate definition of a stairway to heaven. Livraria Lello, Porto, Portugal
This majestic converted 1920s movie palace uses theatre boxes for reading rooms and draws thousands of tourists every year. Librería El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires, Argentina
For those browsers not as impressed by architecture as they are by the beauty of books upon books upon books in narrow hallways — not to mention a place to nap. Shakespeare & Company, Paris, France
This store has a flying bike and books to the ceiling. Need we say more? Ler Devagar, Lisbon, Portugal
I hope you enjoyed those - I just wish I could be there and browse some of those shelves... Do you have a beautiful bookstore near you?