Climbing the Stairway to (Literary) Heaven in Oporto, Portugal
Every book lover will feel at home upon setting foot inside the century-old, art nouveau Lello Bookshop, in Porto. After stepping through the ornate neogothic facade and gazing around at the carved wooden interior and the stained glass ceiling, you'll be forced to agree with The Guardian for placing it in the top three most beautiful bookshops in the world. But it's not until you climb the twisted stairway to the second floor that the true beauty of the bookshop can be appreciated. In a postmodern world where bookstores are barely hanging on and books themselves are losing their physical presence, it's hard to grasp that literature once inspired such architectural reverence.