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Livraria Lello – a bookshop that inspired J.K. Rowling

November 12, 2014


Livraria Lello in Porto (Portugal) is considered by some as the most beautiful bookshop in the world. The neogothic shop with swirling stairs, stained glass ceiling and intricate wood carvings are a must-see in Porto. It’s also rumoured this bookshop inspired J.K. Rowling in creation of the grand staircase at Hogwarts, as the author lived in Porto and worked as an English teacher.

Lello is a regular bookshop, with a variety of books, albums, travel guides and maps. Because of the growing popularity the library’s been expanding its offer to books in English, as well as various souvenirs from Portugal.

As Lello’s became one of Porto’s must-sees, you have to pay 3 euro to enter, though they change the rate quite often and I wouldn’t be surprised if it was 5 euros now. You have to buy your ticket in a booth opposite the entrance. Lello’s been also changing its photo policy, each time I’ve visited they had different rules (no photos, photos ok, you have to pay for the photos…), so please pay attention to that and respect their current regulations :)

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All photos in this post are my own, please link to this website if you wish to share them. And here’s Livraria Lello on a map: