Vă invit la una dintre cele mai interesante călătorii bookaholice din ultima vreme – una prin bibliotecile lumii. Doar că mai întâi aș vrea să spun două vorbe despre cei care au făcut-o posibilă. Doi băieți din SUA, pasionați de călătorie, inedit și de tot felul de frumuseți obscure, s-au gândit să își unească forțele și să pună bazele unui proiect care avea să devină în 2009 site-ul Atlas Obscura.

Joshua Foer și Dylan Thuras sunt numele lor. Pe Joshua Foer poate îl cunoșteți deja, el fiind autorul cărții Moonwalking with Einstein, bestseller internațional, care a fost tradus în limba română sub titlul Memoria inteligentă. Arta și știința de a-ți aminti totul – editura Litera, 2013.

Iată ce spun cei doi despre Atlas obscura:

In an age where everything seems to have been explored and there is nothing new to be found, we celebrate a different way of looking at the world. If you’re searching for miniature cities, glass flowers, books bound in human skin, gigantic flaming holes in the ground, bone churches, balancing pagodas, or homes built entirely out of paper, the Atlas Obscura is where you’ll find them.

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Și în ce cred:

There is something new under the sun, every day, all over the world.

Around the corner is something that will surprise the hell out of you.

Atlas Obscura is for people who still believe in discovery.

Cu o echipă de 12 persoane, cu un site simplu, structurat în doar 3 secțiuni, places, articles și events, Atlas obscura se pare că reușeste foarte bine ceea ce și-a propus, adică să fie un ghid către minunile și curiozitățiile lumii pentru cei care cred că cel mai mic muzeu din oraș e cel mai tare, cu atât mai mult cu cât se știe că e deschis doar marțea – cum declară cu umor Joshua. 🙂

Și acum călătoria promisă. Dylan este cel care a semnat articolul librophiliac love letter după un periplu în Praga unde a vizitat biblioteca Mânăstirii Strahov.

Copleșit de măreția locului, Dylan decide acolo, în cele două săli ale bibliotecii care îți taie răsuflarea, printre cele 18.000 de texte religioase și 42.000 de texte filosofice antice, că trebuie să încerce să pună laolată cele mai frumoase biblioteci din lume. A reușit să adune aproape o sută de fotografii pe care vă invită acum să le vedeți și pe bookaholic (asta dacă nu ați făcut-o deja pe atlasobsucra).

Mai multe informații despre demersul lui, sursele fotografiilor și multe alte trimiteri sau recomandări puteți afla accesându-i direct articolul pe site.

Enjoy!

1 Strahov Theological Hall - Original Baroque Cabinet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1Strahov Theological Hall – Original Baroque Cabinet

 

2 Strahov Theological Hall; Statue of John the Evangelist Holding a Book

2 Strahov Theological Hall; Statue of John the Evangelist Holding a Book

 

3 Strahov Philosophical Hall

3 Strahov Philosophical Hall

 

4 Abbey Library St. Gallen, Switzerland

4 Abbey Library St. Gallen, Switzerland

 

5 Angelica Library, Rome, Italy

5 Angelica Library, Rome, Italy

 

6 HerzogAugust

6 Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel, Germany

 

7 Beatus Rhenanus Library, Basel, Switzerland

7 Beatus Rhenanus Library, Basel, Switzerland

 

8 Bernadotte Library, Stockholm Sweden

8 Bernadotte Library, Stockholm Sweden

 

9 Biblioteca Di Bella Arti, Milan, Italy

9 Biblioteca Di Bella Arti, Milan, Italy

 

10 Biblioteca do Palacio e Convento de Mafra I, Lisbon Coast, Portugal

10 Biblioteca do Palacio e Convento de Mafra I, Lisbon Coast, Portugal

 

11 Biblioteca do Palàcio Nacional da Ajuda Lisboa III, Lisbon, Portugal

11 Biblioteca do Palàcio Nacional da Ajuda Lisboa III, Lisbon, Portugal

 

12 biblioteca-geral-da-universidade-de-coimbra-iv

12 Biblioteca Geral University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

 

13 Biblioteca Palafoxiana, Puebla, Mexico

13 Biblioteca Palafoxiana, Puebla, Mexico

 

14 Bibliotecha de la Real Academia De La Lengua, Madrid, Spain

14 Bibliotecha de la Real Academia De La Lengua, Madrid, Spain

 

15 Bibliotheque Alencon, Normandy, France

15 Bibliotheque Alencon, Normandy, France

 

16 Bibliotheque-Nationale

16 Bibliothéque Nationale de France, Paris, France

 

17 Duke of Humphrey's Library, Bodleian, Oxford University, England

17 Duke of Humphrey’s Library, Bodleian, Oxford University, England

 

18 Boston Copley Public Library, Boston, USA

18 Boston Copley Public Library, Boston, USA

 

19 Old British Reading Room, British Museum, London, England

19 Old British Reading Room, British Museum, London, England

 

20 Casanatense Library, Rome, Italy

20 Casanatense Library, Rome, Italy

 

21 Cathedral Library, Kalocsa, Hungary

21 Cathedral Library, Kalocsa, Hungary

 

22 Chetham's Library, Manchester, UK

22 Chetham’s Library, Manchester, UK

 

23 Dutch Royal Archives Library, Netherlands

23 Dutch Royal Archives Library, Netherlands

 

24 El Escorial Library, San Lorenzo, Spain

24 El Escorial Library, San Lorenzo, Spain

 

Thompson Memorial Library (interior), Vassar College

25 Frederick Ferris Thompson Memorial Library, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York, USA

 

26 George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

26 George Peabody Library, Baltimore, Maryland, USA

 

27 Handelingenkamer Tweede Kamer Der Staten-Generaal Den Haag, the Hague, Netherlands

27 Handelingenkamer Tweede Kamer Der Staten-Generaal Den Haag, the Hague, Netherlands

 

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28 Hereford Cathedral Chained Library, Hereford, England

 

29 Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek Weimar II, Germany

29 Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek Weimar II, Germany

 

30 Joanina LIbrary University of Coimbra, Portugal

30 Joanina LIbrary University of Coimbra, Portugal

 

31 Kremsmuenster Abbey Library, Kremsmünster, Upper Austria

31 Kremsmuenster Abbey Library, Kremsmünster, Upper Austria

 

32 Biblioteca Castilla La Mancha, Spain

32 Biblioteca Castilla La Mancha, Spain

 

33 Library of Congress, Washington, DC, USA

33 Library of Congress, Washington, DC, USA

 

34 Library of Parliament, Ottawa, Canada

34 Library of Parliament, Ottawa, Canada

 

35 Library of St. Walburga, Zutphen, Netherland (Preserved from the 16th century)

35 Library of St. Walburga, Zutphen, Netherland (Preserved from the 16th century)

 

36 Library of the Benedictine Monastery of Admont, Austria

36 Library of the Benedictine Monastery of Admont, Austria

 

37 Library of the Prussian King Frederick the Second in Potsdam, Germany)

37 Library of the Prussian King Frederick the Second in Potsdam, Germany)

 

38 Melk Monastery Library, Melk, Austria

38 Melk Monastery Library, Melk, Austria

 

39 National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

39 National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK

 

40 North Reading Room, UC Berkeley, California, USA (Terrific reader suggestion)

40 North Reading Room, UC Berkeley, California, USA (Terrific reader suggestion)

 

41 New York Public Library, New York, USA

41 New York Public Library, New York, USA

 

42 Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp, Belgium

42 Plantin-Moretus, Antwerp, Belgium

 

43 Queen's College Library Oxford

43 Queen’s College Library Oxford

 

44 Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Possibly the most beautiful library of them all.)

44 Real Gabinete Portugues De Leitura, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil (Possibly the most beautiful library of them all.)

 

45 Charles Rennie Mackintosh Library, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

45 Charles Rennie Mackintosh Library, Glasgow School of Art, Scotland

 

46 Riggs Library, Georgetown University, USA

46 Riggs Library, Georgetown University, USA

 

47 Rijkmuseum Library, Amsterdam

47 Rijkmuseum Library, Amsterdam

 

48 Jay Walker Private Library

48 Jay Walker Private Library

 

49 Riksdagen Library, Swedish Parliament Library, Stockholm, Sweden

49 Riksdagen Library, Swedish Parliament Library, Stockholm, Sweden

 

50 Tsarskoe Library, Heritage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

50 Tsarskoe Library, Heritage Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia

 

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51 St. Florian Monastery-Library, Austria

 

52 Sansovino Library, Rome, Italy

52 Sansovino Library, Rome, Italy

 

53 Sorbonne Library, Paris, France

53 Sorbonne Library, Paris, France

 

54 State Library, Victoria, Australia

54 State Library, Victoria, Australia

 

55 Stiftsbibliothek Klosterneuburg, Klosterneuburg, Austria

55 Stiftsbibliothek Klosterneuburg, Klosterneuburg, Austria

 

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56 The New Library of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

 

57 Theology Room at St. Deiniol's library, North Wales

57 Theology Room at St. Deiniol’s library, North Wales

 

58 Trinity College LIbrary, AKA, The Long Room, Dublin, Ireland

58 Trinity College LIbrary, AKA, The Long Room, Dublin, Ireland

 

59 University-Library, Helsinki, Finland

59 University-Library, Helsinki, Finland

 

60 Vatican Library, Vatican City, Rome

60 Vatican Library, Vatican City, Rome

 

61 Austrian National Library, Vienna, Austria

61 Austrian National Library, Vienna, Austria

 

62 Waldsassen Abbey Library, Bavaria, Germany

62 Waldsassen Abbey Library, Bavaria, Germany

 

63 Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge, England

63 Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge, England

 

64 Yale, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

64 Yale, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

 

65 Amelia S. Givin Library, Mount Holly Springs, PA

65 Amelia S. Givin Library, Mount Holly Springs, PA

 

66 Bad Schussenried Bibliothekssaal, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

66 Bad Schussenried Bibliothekssaal, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

 

67 Bibliothèque Solvay, Brussels, Belgium

67 Bibliothèque Solvay, Brussels, Belgium

 

68 Boston Athenæum, Boston, MA, USA

68 Boston Athenæum, Boston, MA, USA

 

69 Codrington Library, All Souls College, Oxford, England

69 Codrington Library, All Souls College, Oxford, England

 

70 Cornell Law School Library, Ithaca, NY, USA

70 Cornell Law School Library, Ithaca, NY, USA

 

71 Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C., USA

71 Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington D.C., USA

 

72 George Vanderbilt's Biltmore House Library, Asheville, N.C., USA

72 George Vanderbilt’s Biltmore House Library, Asheville, N.C., USA

 

73 Harper Library, The University of Chicago, IL, USA

73 Harper Library, The University of Chicago, IL, USA

 

74 John Rylands Library, Manchester, England

74 John Rylands Library, Manchester, England

 

75 Klementium Library, Prague, Czech Republic

75 Klementium Library, Prague, Czech Republic

 

76 Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales

76 Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Wales

 

77 National Library of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

77 National Library of Ireland, Dublin, Ireland

 

 

78 Old Chicago Public Library (Current Cultural Center), Chicago, IL, USA

 

79 Pierpont Morgan Library, NY, NY, USA

79 Pierpont Morgan Library, NY, NY, USA

 

80 Saxon State Library in Dresden, Germany

80 Saxon State Library in Dresden, Germany (The reading room pictured is entirely underground, the ceiling being level with the grass.)

 

81 Sterling Memorial Library, Yale, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

81 Sterling Memorial Library, Yale, New Haven, Connecticut, USA (The rest of Sterling Library is incredible, but I particularly enjoy that wonderful library specialty, the card catalog)

 

82 The Grolier Club Library, NY, NY, USA

82 The Grolier Club Library, NY, NY, USA

 

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83 Law Library, Iowa State Legislature, IA, USA

 

84 The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, Northeast Vermont, USA

84 The St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, Northeast Vermont, USA

 

85 Thomas Crane Library, Quincy MA, USA

85 Thomas Crane Library, Quincy MA, USA

 

 

86 Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Toronto, Canada

 

87 University of Michigan (Old) Law Library, MI, USA

87 University of Michigan (Old) Law Library, MI, USA

 

88 Widener Library, Harvard. Cambridge, MA, USA

88 Widener Library, Harvard. Cambridge, MA, USA

 

89 University of Washington's Suzzallo Library Graduate Reading Room

89 University of Washington’s Suzzallo Library Graduate Reading Room

 

90 Salamanca University Library

90 Salamanca University Library

 

91 Wiblingen Monestary Library, Ulm, Germany

91 Wiblingen Monestary Library, Ulm, Germany

 

Primul meu gând după ce mi-am revenit din visarea contemplativă a fost: da’ noi n-avem biblioteci frumoase în România? Nici măcar una, așa de reprezentare…?

Dylan nu a încercat nicio secundă să frizeze prin demersul lui exhaustivitatea. Cu siguranță mai sunt multe biblioteci frumoase în toată lumea, inclusiv în România, care ar merita să fie descoperite și admirate. Și cine știe, poate vreun bookaholic interesat de subiect va demara un astfel de proiect, adunând toate bibliotecile de la noi din țară care au o poveste de spus. 🙂

Maria Elisabeta Boamfă

Psiholog de profesie, a lucrat în domeniul dezvoltării şi trainingului. Momentan, expatriată în Germania, se ocupă de îmblânzirea limbii, iar în timpul rămas are grijă, cu neostoită pasiune, de cărţi şi de alte minuni. Adeptă a cultului "bucuria vieţii", e responsabilă cu colectarea de zâmbete şi poveşti.


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