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Livraria Lello

By nonur  
Thank you all folks for the c/c on my previous upload! All are much appreciated.

The bookshop Lello was another source of inspiration for Rowling in Porto:
"Dating back to 1906, Livraria Lello (Lello Bookstore) is one of the most stunning bookstores in the world, boasting unique architecture that blends elements of Neo-Gothic, Art Deco, and Art Nouveau styles. The two-story venue comprises intricate woodwork, a large stained-glass skylight, and its signature red spiral staircase, which starts as one set of stairs and splits into two that join in a circular design.

Not only do Potterheads believe that Livraria Lello inspired Flourish and Blotts, Diagon Alley’s premium bookstore, but that the incredible staircase gave rise to the elaborate Grand Staircase at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, known for changing its configuration without notice.
Livraria Lello gets very crowded. You need to buy a ticket a few doors down from the shop to enter, it is recommended doing so and queuing up before the store opens at 10 a.m." Link If you buy books, your entering fee (6 Euros) is paid back. It was too crowded with tourists inside, so I refrained from entering to see inside.

Tags: Photo journalism Black and white Porto Street photography Portugal images Livraria Lello

Voters: colijohn, mike9005, MadVillPics and 49 more

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12 Feb 2019 9:38AM
and again, a great write-up and a fabulous facade, pity you couldn't get inside
dales Plus
4 11 Australia
12 Feb 2019 9:49AM
Excellent information & capture Nezih
helenlinda Plus
13 366 22 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2019 10:09AM
For me the mono works best [like the inclusion of the whole flag]. Sad you were not able to get inside, but thanks for the link. What an amazing staircase and so like the one at Hogwarts SmileSmile
bliba Plus
14 2 Austria
12 Feb 2019 10:38AM
super description and bnw capture
viscostatic 14 47 8 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2019 11:37AM
Interesting and well photographed Nezih.

Mollycat Plus
7 21 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2019 3:03PM
Wonderful to see a bookshop being a success in this digital age, and a stunning building at that Nezih.
Chinga Plus
9 3 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2019 3:38PM
Majestic building Nezih... Excellent images
Isabel GrinGrin
taggart Plus
16 47 14 United States
12 Feb 2019 4:15PM
Gosh! I am so sorry we missed this ---
Maiwand 13 3 73 England
12 Feb 2019 4:27PM
Fine shot with a very interesting narrative Nezih.
Irishkate Plus
10 42 118 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2019 7:50PM
Fascinating blend of architecture - and obviously inspirational for J.R. Rowling.
Now great for the bookshop!
12 Feb 2019 8:00PM
Great image & fascinating write up, Nezih.
richmowil Plus
11 413 2 England
12 Feb 2019 8:53PM

Quote:and again, a great write-up and a fabulous facade, pity you couldn't get inside

I agree with Leo! Very nice Nezih.
12 Feb 2019 11:54PM
Great image Nezih. And even better story! Who ever heard of having to get tickets to enter a bookstore! But, then there is Harry Potter....and the author now wealthier than the Queen.

mistere Plus
7 6 4 England
13 Feb 2019 6:46PM
Excellent image and write up Nezih.
Very nice work.

19 Feb 2019 4:47AM
Superb street shot Nezih, and what a back story . Hope you get to see inside on a return visit. Can only imagine !
Cheers Walt
28 Mar 2019 12:37AM
First class images. Very nicely presented, Nezih.

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