葡萄牙萊蘿書店（Livraria Lello）是由工程師Xavier Esteves於1906年建造。他對文學具有獨特的品味，熟知文字獨特的魅力，建造了世界上最具標誌性的書店之一。
也在圖書館的空間裡放上了眾所周知、色彩繽紛的新歌德式立面與象徵藝術與科學的著名畫家何塞·比爾曼（José Bielman）的畫作。融合了折衷主義風格和新藝術風格，在Livraria Lello的內部，也有José Lello和António Lello的代表作品。整個房間裡擺放著一些最重要的葡萄牙作家的半身像，例如Eçade Queirós，Camilo Castelo Branco或Teófilo Braga。
Livraria Lello’s building was built in 1906, by the engineer Xavier Esteves. He had a particular taste for literature, and that affinity with letters was marked by the construction of one of the most emblematic bookshops in the world. It is well-known the colorful neogothic façade with the famous paintings of José Bielman that symbolize Art and Science. Combining the eclectic style and the Art Noveau style, in the interior of Livraria Lello there are representations of José Lello and António Lello. Throughout the room, there are the busts of some of the most important Portuguese writers, such as Eça de Queirós, Camilo Castelo Branco or Teófilo Braga.Inside Livraria Lello, there is also the iconic crimson staircase.
“Thou who walked the room, shall then see a staircase which is a piece of surprising allure, for its apparent lightness which masks the audacity of its design. One feels the urge to climb it yet fears one’s weight may make it crumble.” (in Catálogo 1930 of Livraria Lello).
From the interior of the bookshop, it’s impossible to miss the majestic ceiling. This ceiling may deceive who appreciates it, for what it seems carved wood, is in fact painted plaster, a technique that was also used in the ornaments of the stairs.
在二樓，建築的細節引人注目：牆上的裝飾藝術細節和在較低樓層升起的圓柱。在令人印象深刻的彩色玻璃上，玻璃結構長8米，寬3.5米，可以讀到「Decus in Labore」一詞，它喚起了這座房子的黃金法則。自1906年以來，LIVRARIA LELLO一直是一個書店。直到如今，它承載著超過一個世紀的文化遺產，其建築結構和書本知識成為了拜訪萊羅書店的遊客體驗的一部分。Livraria Lello的起源可以追溯到1881年，當時José和António Lello兄弟在波爾圖開設了一家專門從事書籍貿易和出版的機構。喬塞·萊洛（José Lello）是一位文化、書本和音樂愛好者，他夢想成為一家書商，並於1881年實現。幾年後，他的兄弟安東尼奧·萊洛（António Lello）也開始從事書商業務。直到1894年，何塞·萊洛（José Lello）才購買了查德隆書店及其所有專有檔案。查德隆書店已經在法國的埃內斯托・查德隆（Ernesto Chardron）的手中名下，出版了第一批具標誌性的作品，如埃薩・德奎羅斯或卡米洛・卡斯特洛・布蘭科。
1906年1月13日，萊羅書店大樓開幕，這是由工程師Francisco Xavier Esteves的宏偉願景所塑造的。就職典禮在一個充滿重要政治人物、藝術家、受人尊敬的資產階級和城市商人的環境中進行，其中傑出的作家Guerra Junqueiro，OComércio，Bento Carqueja的導演，作家Júlio Brandão和Aurélio Paz dos Reis，葡萄牙電影的先驅。過去幾年，波爾圖旅遊業顯著增長，因此，萊蘿書店（Livraria Lello）的旅遊業增長，這種增長導致了書店參觀的新商業模式，訪客在門口購買優惠卷入場，這種優惠卷可以買書扣除。但是，這種新的商業模式並未使Livraria Lello偏離其真正的本質：在波爾圖的世界書店向所有文學愛好者開放。
In the first floor, the architectural details stand out: the Art Déco details on the walls and the columns that rise for the lower floor.On the impressive stained glass, a glass structure 8 meters long and 3.5 meters wide, one can read the expression “Decus in Labore”, which recalls the golden rule of this house that applies to everyone who enters it.
LIVRARIA LELLO HAS BEEN A BOOKSHOP OF THE PRESENT SINCE 1906. TODAY, IT CARRIES MORE THAN A CENTURY OF HERITAGE WITH ITS ARCHITECTURE AND THE BOOKSELLING KNOWLEDGE THAT TAKE PART IN THE VISITORS EXPERIENCE VISITING LIVRARIA LELLO.
The origins of Livraria Lello take us back to 1881, when the brothers José and António Lello opened in Porto an establishment dedicated to the commerce and edition of books. José Lello, a man of culture, reading enthusiast, book and music lover, dreamed of becoming a bookseller, which came true in 1881. Several years later, his brother, António Lello, also came into this bookseller business.
At this time Lello brothers move the business to Rua do Almada, unaware that the building that would take its name until the next millennium was only a few blocks away.
It’s only in 1894 that José Lello buys Chardron Bookshop with all its exclusive archive. Chardron Bookshop had already made its name in the hands of the French Ernesto Chardron, having published the first editions of iconic works such as those of Eça de Queirós or Camilo Castelo Branco.
On the January 13th of 1906 is inaugurated the Livraria Lello’s building as we know it today, shaped by the magnificent vision of engineer Francisco Xavier Esteves. The inauguration takes place in an environment full of significant political figures, artists, respected bourgeois and city merchants, among which stand out the writer Guerra Junqueiro, the director of O Comércio, Bento Carqueja, the writer Júlio Brandão and Aurélio Paz dos Reis, the pioneer of cinema in Portugal.A remarkable growth in Oporto tourism during the last years increased, consequently, Livraria Lello’s tourism, this growth led to a new business model of the bookshop visits with the introduction of vouchers, which value can be deductible in books. However, this new business model didn’t deviate Livraria Lello from its true essence: a bookshop of the world in Oporto, open to every literature enthusiast.
In 2016 and 2017, Livraria Lello embraced the challenge of the building’s refurbishment with the purpose of protecting the bookshop’s heritage, renovating its interior and restoring the façade and stained glass.
FROM 1906 UNTIL THE PRESENT DAY, LIVRARIA LELLO HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED INTERNATIONALLY AS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOOKSHOPS IN THE WORLD.
Visited everyday by thousands of people from around the world, Livraria Lello’s cultural heritage is in constant and perfect synchrony with its time, being more alive, more inhabited and more dynamic than ever. Focused on its mission of giving more to read to more readers, Livraria Lello seeks to be a meeting point in Oporto and from Oporto, to every literature enthusiast.
A bookshop of encounters between the Book and the Reader would have to express through its space the essence of literature, but also the essence of the city where it grew up – Oporto. By renovating its building, Livraria Lello sought to express the same splendour with which, in 1906, dazzled all the literature enthusiasts.
Concluded the program of rigorous refurbishment in 2017, the new house reveals a façade restored in its original colors, the impressive stained glass that, after being carefully removed of its structure for the first time, received an extensive repair and cleansing, and it also reveals an interior with better conditions and new spaces for optimizing the experience of the visitor.
Livraria Lello now offers new spaces to its visitors. Located in the bookshop’s basement now exists a space dedicated to reflection and cultural intervention, where authors, artists and culture enthusiasts are able to dialogue and produce culture. This place hosts a program called Living Voices, organizing cultural and artistic events in the fields of literature, theatre, cinema and ideological debate.One of Livraria Lello’s missions is to create and preserve its collection, which represents a significant investment for the bookshop. Thus, it was created Gemma, a space dedicated to the cult of books. Once inside Gemma, visitors can find Livraria Lello’s vast collection, consisting of important first editions, editions signed by their authors, rare books and recent editions of luxury books.
A book is an investment, not only for its content or potential value, but also for the feelings it awakens. Livraria Lello also inaugurated a space dedicated to a young audience, a fantasy world of fairy tales, where the book fairy visits the children to tell them incredible stories.
Today, Livraria Lello, besides being one of the most beautiful bookshops in the world, it is also a cultural fulfilling space, it is the house of encounters between every reader, culture and literature.