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Mafra Palace library is a majestic and awe-inspiring structure that is a testament to man’s love for knowledge. This 18th-century Baroque library is located in the small town of Mafra, Portugal, and it houses more than 36,000 volumes of ancient manuscripts and books on various subjects such as history, law, philosophy, medicine, and theology. The grandeur and scale of this library are unlike anything you have ever seen before.
The library was built by King João V as a symbol of his power and wealth during his reign in the early 1700s. It took over 40 years to complete this masterpiece, which features ornate ceilings, intricate carvings, gilded decorations, and stunning frescoes. The sheer size of the shelves that line the walls will leave you breathless as you take in the vastness of the collection.
The highlight of Mafra Palace Library is its stunning architecture and ornamental design. The room is two levels high with rows upon rows of bookcases made from precious woods such as mahogany and rosewood. The ceiling is adorned with paintings representing notable figures such as Moses and Apollo.
In addition to its impressive collection of books and striking design features, Mafra Palace Library also offers guided tours for visitors to learn more about the history of the building and its importance to Portuguese culture.
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