Livraria Lello e Irmão in Porto

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Livraria Lello & Irmão, also known as Livraria Chardron or simply Livraria Lello (Lello Bookstore) is a bookstore located in central Porto in Portugal. Along with Bertrand in Lisbon, it is one of the oldest bookstores in Portugal. It is frequently rated among the top bookstores in the world, placing third in lists by the Lonely Planet and The Guardian. Elements of the facade and much of the interior are decorated in Art Nouveau, with some features of the Gothic Revival.

The actual company goes back to the establishment of the “Livraria Internacional de Ernesto Chardron” in 1869, down in the Clérigos street. After the early passing of the founder at the age of 45, the firm was sold to “Lugan & Genelioux Sucessores”.

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The actual company goes back to the establishment of the “Livraria Internacional de Ernesto Chardron” in 1869, down in the Clérigos street. After the early passing of the founder at the age of 45, the firm was sold to “Lugan & Genelioux Sucessores”. In 1881, José Pinto de Sousa Lello established a bookstore in the nearby Almada street. In 1894, Mathieux Logan sold the old Chardron Library to José Lello which, holding a partnership with his brother Antonio Lello, kept Chardron with the registered name of “Sociedade José Pinto Sousa Lello & Irmão”, which then would be referred to as “Livraria Lello e Irmão” (1919).

The bookstore was frequented by J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, when she taught English in Porto and is reported to be an inspiration for her writing.

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