lellobookstore1There was an article published by Lonely Planet last year that ranked the world’s 10 greatest bookstores, and it’s an impressive list. Only one American listing (City Lights in San Francisco) but at least it’s number one, so yay us.

Each of the stores look to be well worth a visit, and of course City Lights is something never to miss if you’re within several dozen miles of San Francisco. But one of the more architecturally astonishing is the Lello Bookstore, located in Porto, Portugal. According to Book Riot, Lello is the oldest operating bookstore in the world. It looks like, well, something from another world, where the most treasured possessions are books and reading is believed to be an occupation, not a hobby.