The Prettiest Bookshop in the World
Built in 1906 by the engineer Francisco Xavier Esteves, the Livraria Lello building is packed with unique architectural details! Alongside some of the most iconic features of the space, there are now artistic installations and exhibitions that contribute to the mission of valuing books and authors.
There is, therefore, an abundance of reasons to visit the Prettiest Bookshop in the World!
Livraria Lello X Time: What Makes a Nobel?
Gemma* is the space that Livraria Lello dedicates exclusively to its most precious jewels. Rare Books, Manuscripts, First Editions, Luxury Books and Object Books, valuable works that draw the first traces of a constantly growing collection and catalogue. A privileged location, for those who seek the Book as an object of art, culture, pleasure and investment.
At the end of 2022, in an auction, we acquired the assets of Lello Editores. Part of this collection can be seen in the Sala Gemma.
*Access reserved by appointment and approval from Livraria Lello.
José Saramago Room
The Livraria Lello building is one of the most emblematic examples of the neo-Gothic style in the city of Porto and in Portugal, outstanding in its immediate surrounding urban landscape.
The single most emblematic feature of Livraria Lello takes centre stage inside: the iconic staircase.
Stained glass window
A generously sized and brightly coloured stained glass window by the Dutch master Samuel Van Krieken embellishes the ceiling of the Prettiest Bookshop in the World.
Traces of Livraria Lello's history
Artistic Installation “The Face of Porto”
When you enter Livraria Lello, in the upper windows on the left, you will find the installation "O Rosto do Porto".