Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Livraria Lello

Livraria Lello is a book store that became part of the Harry Potter craze after J.K. Rowling revealed that it served as inspiration for the Hogwarts library. I can certainly see how this store is inspirational, even if you are not a hard-core HP fan. I very much enjoyed myself during our visit. The whole store, including the stair case, the shelves, and the ceiling are beautifully adorned and works of art.

Of course the store is capitalizing on its sudden popularity, and I can't really blame them. You need to buy a voucher to enter the store. The 5 Euros per person can be applied to book purchases. While most books sold here are in Portuguese, they do have a limited selection in other languages, mostly English, some French, some Spanish.

Crowd management is a real challenge here. All photos in this post were taken within a few minutes after store opening with close to a hundred people waiting in line outside. I suspect that such photos are pretty much impossible otherwise during the high season.

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