Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Oh, the Places You'll Go: The most beautiful room in the world (AKA The King's Library)

As you may recall from the fifteen billion posts I did a few months ago, I went to Europe in January of this year. I left some stuff out in the interest of keeping posts under a million words, so today I thought I'd revisit my trip and tell you about the most beautiful room in the entire world. 

Welcome to the King's Library. 




George III had a collection of over 60,000 books and in 1823 it was donated to England by his son. (Info.) We stumbled across it by accident when we were visiting the British Museum in London (which, by the way, was amazing). My dad, brother and I were walking past this hallway on the way out the door, and I happened to look in and see a wall full of books. Needless to say, I was a little intrigued and check it out. 

I could have spent all day in there. There were coin collections, stuffed birds, drawers of old medicine, Copernican models of the solar system, statues, vases, globes and artefacts and books and books and books and books. I was in Heaven. It was science and literature and mahogany. Honestly, it was the most beautiful room I have ever been in, and probably the most beautiful room I ever will be in. Unfortunately, my dad and brother weren't as impressed as I was and didn't feel like spending another week in there, so we had to leave after about half an hour. (It's a grudge that'll come up until the day they die. (Can you tell I'm a total bookworm?)) Enjoy the pictures. (Also, sorry but the pictures are kind of blurry and I'm not sure if it was because the lighting was weird or what. So sorry.)

Random Egyptian (I think?) statue in a library, just chilling. 



I have no idea what kind of bird this is, but I want one. (Quite desperately.) There were cases and cases of birds, all stuffed and quiet and beautiful.

A drawer full of old medicine. How awesome are those labels?

Copernican model of the solar system, where the earth and the planets revolve around the sun (as opposed to the geocentric model where everything revolved around the earth). I may or may not be utterly in love with the mahogany and brass and science and history in this picture.

Sea shells, coral and fossils. 

What is the most beautiful room you've ever been in? 

12 comments:

  1. That looks like an amazing room! I definitely would've joined you there for a week. ;)

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    1. You bring the sleeping bags, I'll bring the marshmallows :)

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  2. I would've wanted to stay there for a week, too!

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  3. THAT IS SO COOL! This is definetly bucket list material. I always find it interesting to see what people have in their libraries besides books.

    Fun post! Thanks for sharing:)

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    1. If you get the chance, basically cancel all your other activities and go :) Thanks for reading, Sunny!

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  4. Wow, this looks really awesome! It's too bad I couldn't visit when I was in the area. :P

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  5. Wow! This is so awesome. 60,000 books?! Gosh, and I thought I wanted an ambiguous library. That must've been so cool! Although I do hate going to book places with non-book people. I want to stay all day (or live there). But they walk around for fifteen minutes (usually not touching anything or touching ALL THE THINGS) and they come to me like, "Soooo we can go, right?" Um, wrong! Then they follow me around whining about how they are bored/hungry/or "Can we go already?" XD

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    1. It was truly amazing, and I'm so blessed to have been able to go see it. OH MY GOODNESS I FEEL YOUR PAIN. Like can't you see that I just want to make a house out of books and stay here for several days, soaking in the quiet brilliance of this place? I DON'T CARE THAT YOUR ARM HAS FALLEN OFF, WE'RE STAYING!

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  6. BEAUTIFUL! Oh books, oh books <3

    PS I've read three chapters of Formulas!

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    1. <3 I was dying inside the whole time, it was just amazing.

      YAY YOU'RE AMAZING!

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