Recommendation by Lemi
Continue your search for the divine in the collection of the Biblioteca Joanina in the University of Coimbra, Portugal. The library takes their preservation so seriously that they’ve enlisted the help of bats to ward off insects. You can still roam the Baroque halls in peace, though, as they’re fast asleep within the walls during the day. Stand dead center in The Noble Hall, take your camera out, and frame the golden archways in perfect symmetry. The national coat-of-arms hover overhead, leading visitors to a portrait of King John V—the monarch who sponsored the construction of the library. Remember to keep behind the red rope, as books have to be requested for reading in the Biblioteca Geral next door.