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Boston Public Library: architectural and archival riches

art & culture

Inspired by the Italian Renaissance, the Boston Public Library is one of Boston's true architectural jewels

At Copley Square in Back Bay, a handful of 18th- and 19th-century monuments, including the Boston Public Library, seem to rub up against the glass buildings that surround them. Behind its bronze doors, the majestic Boston Public Library's grandiose staircases and long corridors are lined in marble and exceptional frescoes. Push open the doors of the ornately ceilinged study rooms, which are always shrouded in a studious silence.

The Boston Public Library has an impressive collection of roughly 16 million books and manuscripts, and a splendid collection of photographs, drawings, and engravings by Daumier, Rembrandt, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Goya. To complete the site visit in style, go to the Courtyard Restaurant for afternoon tea overlooking the pretty Italianate courtyard.

Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116

+1 617 536 5400

www.bpl.org

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