13 of the world's most beautiful libraries - Reinhard Gorner

"Wether you happen to be a bookworm or not, libraries are somewhat akin to churches: they inspire a curious sense of quiet wonder as soon as you step inside. Certainly for photographer Reinhard Gorner, who has spent nearly a decade travelling the world to capture the most spectacular examples - a collection that amounts to more than 50".
Here is a sneak peek.

REINHARD GÖRNER

from The Telegraph — Travel, 22 Nov 2017


  Abbey Library, St. Gallen, Switzerland  Above in all its splendour is Switzerland's Abbey Library, which sits in the beautifully preserved old quarter of St. Gallen and boasts one of Europe's finest secular Rococo interiors. 

Abbey Library, St. Gallen, Switzerland
Above in all its splendour is Switzerland's Abbey Library, which sits in the beautifully preserved old quarter of St. Gallen and boasts one of Europe's finest secular Rococo interiors. 

  Vorau Abbey Library, Austria  Another High Baroque masterpiece, this Austrian library belongs to the Vorau Augustinian Monastery at Vorau, an hour's drive south of Vienna. Bursting with History, the building dates back to 1721, and holds more than 11,000 books - its oldest more than 800 years old. The globe seen above was crafted by Italian cartographer Vncenzo Coronelli in 1688. Remarkably, all this survived Russian bombings during WW2 which devastated much of the surroundings.

Vorau Abbey Library, Austria
Another High Baroque masterpiece, this Austrian library belongs to the Vorau Augustinian Monastery at Vorau, an hour's drive south of Vienna. Bursting with History, the building dates back to 1721, and holds more than 11,000 books - its oldest more than 800 years old. The globe seen above was crafted by Italian cartographer Vncenzo Coronelli in 1688. Remarkably, all this survived Russian bombings during WW2 which devastated much of the surroundings.

  St. Peter's Abbey, Salzburg, Austria  The library that lives within St. Peter's Abbey - founded in 696 - is Austria's oldest, and only accessible today by special permission. Converted from its medieval shell to the Rococo style in 1768, it's home to around 10,000 volumes and also stores some 800 ancient manuscripts.

St. Peter's Abbey, Salzburg, Austria
The library that lives within St. Peter's Abbey - founded in 696 - is Austria's oldest, and only accessible today by special permission. Converted from its medieval shell to the Rococo style in 1768, it's home to around 10,000 volumes and also stores some 800 ancient manuscripts.

  Phillips Exeter Academy Library, New Hampshire, USA  Believe it or not, this is a school library. With 160,000 volumes encased over nine levels, it serves students at the Phillips Exeter Academy boarding school in America's New England. Commissioned in 1965 because the original library had entirely run out of space, it was finished in 1971, and has won many a prestigious architectural award since then. 

Phillips Exeter Academy Library, New Hampshire, USA
Believe it or not, this is a school library. With 160,000 volumes encased over nine levels, it serves students at the Phillips Exeter Academy boarding school in America's New England. Commissioned in 1965 because the original library had entirely run out of space, it was finished in 1971, and has won many a prestigious architectural award since then. 

 

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