The debate over the most beautiful bookstore continues, as a new contender has been long-listed. The latest entry, Livraria Lello & Irmão located in Porto, Portugal, features a façade decorated in the Art Nouveau style with Neo-Gothic elements.
The façade of the building, painted by José Bielman, features two figures representing Science and Art. The interior of the bookstore was designed by Xavier Esteves and is centred around a luxurious, winding staircase framed by rich wooden walls. For Harry Potter fans, the staircase may seem familiar. Rumour has it that former Porto resident and frequent Lello & Irmão visitor J.K. Rowling was inspired by this bookstore when creating the Hogwarts School.