Friday, May 11, 2012

World's Coolest Staircases

Travel & Leisure

world's coolest staircases: Lello Bookshop
Davide Cazzola

Lello Bookshop, Porto, Portugal

Opened in 1906, Lello is one of the world’s most beautiful bookstores, thanks largely to its centerpiece: this glossy red staircase with carved wooden banisters that leads up to a glass atrium. The stairs are just as beautiful from underneath, with carved leaflike flourishes and the same bluish-green and gold paint as the ceiling above it. Look for lovely neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau elements to the rest of the shop as you browse. —Lyndsey Matthews

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