Livraria Lello & Irmão is a world famous and historic book shop in Porto. (Livraria means book shop; Lello is the name of the founder; Irmão means brother.)
Tourists come to the shop from all over the world - such is its reputation.
The staircase has been described as “the world’s most beautiful staircase“. The shop was featured among the world’s coolest book stores in Time Magazine’s Travel & Leisure.
One popular story about the shop is that it formed part of the inspiration for Harry Potter. JK Rowling lived in Porto for some years while she was an English teacher, and she visited the shop several times, drinking coffee and making notes for her story.
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History of Livraria Lello & Irmão
José Lello, the eldest of two brothers, moved to Porto with the ambition of becoming a bookseller. When his first partner (his brother-in-law) died, José and his younger brother António created José Pinto de Sousa Lello & Irmão.
As publishers, the company collaborated with important artists and produced high quality work. In 1894, they took over another book shop, Livraria Chardron, and moved into a larger building, located on Rua das Carmelitas.
In 1906, the new shop was opened and it remains a tourist attraction to this day.