Saturday, April 18, 2009

Heaven On Earth: Most Beautiful Libraries

Libraries are the most dangerous places in the world.
You could be poised in front of a burning building full of terrorists with a Molotov cocktail in your hand poised to throw, you could be flying the Enola Gay or tap dancing on a floor paved with dynamite and still- you would not pose as much of a danger as when you stand in the doorway of a bibliotheque.

Every revolution began with reading. Every major religion is based on the memorization, preservation and recitation of the written word. When we consider how best God manifests His (Her?It?) self to us, we consider The Word- The Bible, The Torah, The Koran, The Bhagavad Gita, The Analects of Confucius- full of explosive dangerous pages.

So, I decided to make a post about the places that house these Weapons of Mass Destruction. I always feel at home in a library- any library. Maybe it's because I have moved so often and the only thing that is familiar about a new place is the library. The words are the same, the smell of paper and ink is the same, there's the familiar silent unity of people reading together in one place...

At the Clayton County Library in Georgia, I found a coffee-table book called The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World by Guillaume de Laubier and Jacques Bosser. Some of the following libraries were included.

Library of the Benedictine Monastery of Admont, Austria

Melk Monastery Library, Melk, Austria

Casanatense Library, Rome, Italy

Library of Congress, Washington, DC, USA

Strahov Theological Hall

Strahov Philosophical Hall

Here are two links with more library pictures:

And finally, this last one blew my mind:


Jenna said...

Wow, that last one is amazing! They're all amazing! I've actually been to the library of congress and I had to stop myself from taking pictures of every. single. thing. It was just...crazy. Crazy awesome. :D

Miss_Nobody said...

Wow,nice post Sharazad! The pictures are mind blowing!

Jennifer said...

I have an award for you on my blog. Please stop by and pick it up. :)

Laina said...

Have you seen this one? Don't judge the title, lol.

sharazad said...

Great site Laina- and I love the title.