PHOTOGRAPHY The Library at the Palace of Mafra February 12, 2019 The Library at the Palace of Mafra View Reddit by feedthenarwhal – LibraryMafraPalace By admin 6 Comments Previous Loved the contrast between the ground elements and the bright sky, is this real life? Fall 2018 in Eastern Oregon, US [OC][3567x4459] Newer We spent 2 weeks exploring Patagonia 6 Comments feedthenarwhal February 12, 2019 at 4:54 pm Reply I was inspired by the other posts on here recently about Portugal. I thought I’d post this picture I took in September. I ventured out to Mafra, which is outside of Lisbon. The town really doesn’t have much to do outside of the palace, but the building is humongous. I was surprised at how few tourists I saw in the building. The library was roped off, but I thought it was quite the sight. There are bats in there to keep the pest population down. Lusophone01 February 12, 2019 at 4:54 pm Reply Portuguese here! Glad you enjoyed the majestic library of «Palácio de Mafra». It actually contains more than 40k very well preserved books due to the huge amount of bats that inhabbit the palace and prevent its scripts from getting damaged by insects. If you like this sort of locations, you should also visit «Biblioteca Joanina» in Coimbra [one of the oldest cities in Portugal and in Europe], which inspired Sarah Greenwood, the *OSCAR*® *Nominee* production designer to create the immense library of the 2017 Disney live-action movie «Beauty and the Beast». [[http://noticias.uc.pt/in_english/the-baroque-joanina-library-can-be-seen-in-the-new-film-the-beauty-and-the-beast/](http://noticias.uc.pt/in_english/the-baroque-joanina-library-can-be-seen-in-the-new-film-the-beauty-and-the-beast/)] PJA0 February 12, 2019 at 4:54 pm Reply Portuguese Nobel Prize winner José Saramago wrote a historical novel about this palace alvarezg February 12, 2019 at 4:54 pm Reply All that unused floor space seems inconvenient. Taiwanderful February 12, 2019 at 4:54 pm Reply Looks beautifully clear and light TreatYoSelfBoo February 12, 2019 at 4:54 pm Reply How did you get a shot with nobody in the frame? — is this a lesser known library? Did you go right when they opened? Great shot! (I love visiting old libraries) Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Name * Email * Website Please enter an answer in digits:14 + 11 = Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.