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Gorgeous, makes-you-swoon library

I’ve been to an gorgeous library today and I wanted to share some pictures with you. (taken with my phone, sorry)

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There are something like 100 000 books in this library.

There are no words to describe the bliss it is to contemplate these shelves of books from floor to ceiling.

You probably wonder where it is: it’s in Keszthely, Hungary.

  1. April 18, 2015 at 3:32 am

    Stunning! I wish I could wander around in there looking at the way all those books were bound and if manuscripts – the script and any illuminations they might have. (I’m assuming they’re not written in a language I know so reading them wouldn’t be an option.) Thank you for sharing the photos, it must be a special place to see in person.

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    • April 19, 2015 at 8:49 am

      It is stunning indeed. There are books in several languages in this library: Latin, French, German, English and Hungarian.

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  2. April 18, 2015 at 8:07 am

    That’s pretty much my ideal library right there… Wonderful!

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    • April 19, 2015 at 8:51 am

      Imagine there’s a reading salon in an adjacent room. And this salon is just as gorgeous. Books, books, books everywhere.

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  3. April 18, 2015 at 9:04 am

    It looks like a beautiful building – even the windows are stunning.

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    • April 19, 2015 at 8:53 am

      It’s in a beautiful castle and lucky us, it was spared by WWII. It’s fully furnished.

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  4. April 18, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Oh that’s just heaven. I was stunned by the amount of books at Foyles. But this one is a different story. Enjoy

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    • April 19, 2015 at 8:56 am

      A literary heaven, yes. It took them “only” 200 years to gather all these books.

      I’ve never seen a library like this in a private home. They must have had a professional way of organising the books, otherwise, it’s impossible to find anything.

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  5. April 18, 2015 at 10:30 am

    Very beautiful.

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    • April 19, 2015 at 8:58 am

      Amazing, isn’t it? There are books about everything, Geography, History, Military, Literature, Philosophy, Architecture…There’s a half-wall of books about genealogy and heraldry.

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  6. April 18, 2015 at 11:29 am

    I completely forgot you’re in Hungary these days! If you get a change, go and have a look at the library in Eger, it’s really worth it and not just for the books.

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    • April 19, 2015 at 8:58 am

      Yes I was. We haven’t been to Eger. Another time maybe!

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  7. Jeff
    April 18, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    Something going on there about the relationship between wood and books. The place reminds me of the Wellcome Foundation library in London.

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    • April 19, 2015 at 9:01 am

      The wood & books association reminded me of the library at Trinity College in Dublin.

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  8. April 18, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    I want to go there!

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    • April 19, 2015 at 9:02 am

      Planning a little literary trip? 🙂

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  9. April 18, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Oh my heavens! I’m surprised you made it out!☺️

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    • April 19, 2015 at 9:03 am

      Ha ha! I did have a hard time to leave the room to follow the guide for the rest of the visit.

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  10. April 18, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    Wow, that is breathtaking.

    Not only do I wish that I was there, but I have this fantasy where something like this was part of a very large hypothetical home that I live in.

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    • April 19, 2015 at 9:05 am

      Apparently we have the same fantasy about a huge and yet cozy library. I couldn’t help imagining what it would be to have this reading room near this huge library. (there’s a reading salon in a nearby room. It has armchairs, a big fireplace…)

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  11. guillermo maynez
    April 19, 2015 at 5:50 am

    So beautifuL!

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    • April 19, 2015 at 9:06 am

      Yes. Stunning, breathtaking, beautiful, amazing and all the superlatives available.

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  12. April 22, 2015 at 6:32 pm

    Julé had the right word in the first comment, stunning. Absolutely stunning.

    Not an original comment given everyone else already said the same thing, but it’s definitely true.

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    • April 22, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      It is stunning. I could have stayed there and stared for hours.

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