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03-17-2010, 07:28 PM
Luxury Libraries in Europe part 2

A library is a collection of information and resources in print or in other forms that is organized and made accessible for reading or study. The word derives from the Latin liber ("book"). The origin of libraries lies in the keeping of written records. The first libraries as repositories of books were those of the Greek temples.
Before the development of the modern printing devices, the libraries had a limited number of books. They were used also as the storage places for precious manuscripts, maps and other important documents. The luxury libraries were built by the Royalty, the Church, or by important Colleges. Many of them were housed in palaces or monasteries. In Part One of this presentation, the following libraries were presented: Wiblingen-Germany, Angelica-Italy, Di Bella Arti-Italy, St. Genevieve France, Richelieu-France, Senate-France, Picton-England, St. Florian Austria, St. Gallen-Switzerland, Prague-Czech Republic, Trinity-Dublin, Metten-Germany and Waldassen-Germany.
This Part Two presentation selected a few more of these luxury libraries. There are many others remarkable constructions; however the space was limited.
Melk Abbey is an Austrian Benedictine abbey. It is located above the town of Melk on a rocky outcrop overlooking the river Danube in lower Austria. A school was founded in the 12th century and its monastic library soon became renowned for its extensive manuscript collection. The impressive Baroque abbey was rebuilt between 1702 and 1736.


The Mafra National Palace is a monumental palace-monastery located in Mafra, Portugal. Its dimensions are so huge that it dwarfs the city. The palace-monastery is said to be Portugal's attempt to rival the Spanish palace at Escorial outside Madrid.

The library is truly the highlight of the Mafra palace. It is 88m long, 9.5m wide and 13m high. The magnificent floor is covered with tiles of red, grey and white marble.
In the Mafra Library, there are natural techniques for conservation of the books, such as the lack of space between the wall and the books (so it doesn't create humidity). There are also a few bats that inhabit this building, eating any insect that could destroy the invaluable treasure of the old books.
Admont Abbey is a Benedictine monastery in the town of Admont in Austria. It contains the largest monastic library in the world.
The Admont library hall was built in 1776 and is 70 metres long. It contains 70,000 volumes of the monastery's entire holdings of 200,000 volumes. The ceiling consists of seven cupolas, showing the development of human knowledge.
The Admont library hall was built in 1776 and is 70 metres long. It contains 70,000 volumes of the monastery's entire holdings of 200,000 volumes. The ceiling consists of seven cupolas, showing the development of human knowledge.

The National Széchényi Library's main task is to collect, process and preserve all the written heritage of Hungary and all documents pertaining to it. Made by trees from the Bakony Hills, the carved and*inlay-decorated furnishings are especially noteworthy.
The Joanina Library is the Baroque library of the University of Coimbra, built in the 18th century. It is located in upper Coimbra, Portugal.
The Joanina library contains about 250,000 volumes, namely works of medicine, geography, history, humanistic studies, science, philosophy and theology.
Over the doors, the Joanina Library exhibits the national coat of arms.
At the Joanina Library, the painted ceilings blend harmoniously with the rest of the decorations.
The Austrian National Library has 7.4 million items in its collections. It is located in the Hofburg Palace and also in the Mollard-Clary Palace, both in Vienna.
The fresco in the central dome at the Austrian Library represents Emperor Karl VI. Around him, all kinds of allegorical figures are met in a complicated theme, which try to symbolize the virtues of the Habsburg's royal family.


El Escorial is an immense palace, monastery, museum, and library complex located at San Lorenzo de El Escorial, a town 45 kilometers northwest of Madrid, Spain.

The vault of the El Escorial library's ceiling is decorated with frescoes depicting the seven liberal arts: Rhetoric, Dialectic, Music, Grammar, Arithmetic, Geometry and Astronomy.
A famous armillary sphere is located in the library at El Escorial. It was constructed in 1582 by Antonio Santucci.
An armillary sphere is a celestial sphere with a model of the Earth of the Sun, placed in the center. It was useful as a teaching tool for solving various astronomical problems.

Strahov Monastery Prague-Czech Republic

The buildings at the Strahov monastery were constructed mainly in the 17th and 18th century. The most interesting parts of the monastery are the libraries, located in the Theological Hall and Philosophical Hall.
The Strahov's Theological Hall was built between 1671 and 1679. The frescoes on the ceiling took four years to complete and they depict the profession of the librarian. In the hall are several 17th century geographical and astronomical globes.
The Strahov's Philosophical Hall was built between 1782 and 1784. The ceiling's frescoes depict the history of mankind.

Library Quotations I must say I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a good book. Groucho Marx
I had plenty of pimples as a kid. One day I fell asleep in the library. When I woke up, a blind man was reading my face. Rodney Dangerfield
Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest. Lady Bird Johnson

A good book is the best of friends. English Proverb

The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them. Mark Twain
The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries. Descartes Knowledge is free at the library. Just bring your own container. Unknown Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other people have lent me. Anatole France

Library Quotations Page 2

“Classic": A book which people praise but don't read. Mark Twain Never judge a book by its movie.* JW Eagan An original idea. That can't be too hard. The library must be full of them. Unknown

To read a book for the first time is to make an acquaintance with a new friend; to read it for a second time is to meet an old one. Unknown

Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. Francis Bacon

To those with ears to hear, libraries are really very noisy places.* On their shelves we hear the captured voices of the centuries-old conversation that makes up our civilization.* Timothy Healy
Reading is thinking with someone else's head instead of one's own. Unknown Library: A place where people lower their voices and raise their minds. Richard Armour
Nobody graduated from a library. Nobody graduated without one. Debbi Healy


03-17-2010, 07:29 PM

03-18-2010, 11:48 AM
i wonder any more book exist in the world and not in those library:D