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10 Most Beautiful Libraries Of The World

A library is like bookworm’s paradise and if you are one, this article is definitely for you. We bring to you a compilation of the 10 most beautiful libraries of the world. These libraries have some of the best architecture and the most elegant of interior designs.

Our top 10 beautiful libraries are spread all over the globe. Besides having the best collections, these libraries also have the most marvelous of exterior and interior designs that you will ever come across. Even if you are not a bookworm, the look of these libraries will surely make you want to be one.

1. STOCKHOLM PUBLIC LIBRARY, STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN

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The Stockholm Public library is located in Stockholm, Sweden. It was designed by the Swedish architect Gunnar Asplund. The library is perfect blend of the classic and modern designs. The roof of the library is white and textured and has a cloudy appearance. The main hall is circular and is stocked with books in all Nordic languages. The main entrance has a high staircase. The library also has a park with plants, sculptures and a reflecting pool. The interior of the library has rich artwork. The lobby is decorated with scenes from the Iliad. The cylindrical shape adds grandeur to the library.

2. STRAHOV MONASTERY LIBRARY, CZECH REPUBLIC

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The Strahov Monastery Library located in Prague, Czech Republic is the largest and one of the most beautiful monastic libraries in the country. The library has two majestic baroque halls from the 17th and 18th centuries. The ceilings are embellished with figures of Divine Providence as well other Biblical frescoes such as Adam and Eve. The unique feature of the library is its compilation wheel which enables finding books easily by turning and rotating the shelves. The lobby outside the hall displays shrivelled remains of sea creatures such as sharks and turtles. Visitors are not allowed into the hall as it was found that change in humidity levels due to the breaths of visitors could damage the frescoes.

3. RICHARD J. RIORDAN CENTRAL LIBRARY, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

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The Central Library in Los Angeles is one of the most important buildings in the city. The exterior architecture of the library is built along the lines of the Art Deco design. The interior of the library has a beautiful rotunda and a staircase. It has a bronze chandelier as the centrepiece. The important incidences and events in the history of California are depicted by decorative stencils. The library is also a Los Angeles Historic Cultural Monument. The library is surrounded by Maguire Gardens.

4. VENNESLA LIBRARY AND CULTURE HOUSE, VENNESLA, NORWAY

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The Vennesla library is located in Vennesla, Norway. This is not just a library, but a community centre as well. It has a café, a learning centre, meeting and administrative areas and even a cinema. The library has a unique structure of 27 ribs for proper ventilation and natural light, whose shape varies throughout. It has also been designed in way to serve as a low energy system. The library was designed by architects Helen and Hard. This is a sustainable building which is both socially and environmentally apt for visitors. The library was completed at the end of 2011. It is located next to the main town square. The wooden beams in interior of the library are designed in a way that gives it the appearance of a whale.

5. STATE LIBRARY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA, ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA

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Located in Adelaide, South Australia, this is one library which will take your breath away when you enter it. While on the outside the library looks more like a glasshouse, while on the inside it has a rich interior design. The design of the library is along the lines of French Renaissance style. The library houses a number of books on Australian indigenous culture and history. The library also gives the facility of a Flickr account where people can post their own pictures of the South Australian culture and life.

6. VANCOUVER CENTRAL PUBLIC LIBRARY, VANCOUVER, CANADA

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The design of the Vancouver Central Public Library has been inspired from the Colosseum in Rome. The library has nine floors and covers the area of an entire city block.  The library houses coffee shops, office areas, underground parking and even retail. The distinguishing feature of the library is its beautiful rooftop garden. However, public access is not allowed to the garden. The library is famous for having been used in the sets of a number of films.

7. THE LIBRARY OF EL ESCORIAL, SAN LORENZO DE EL ESCORIAL, SPAIN

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This beautiful library located in the royal town of San Lorenzo De El Escorial is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The library was built under King Philip 2. It is considered to be a masterpiece due to its elaborate design. The most alluring feature of the library is its series of 7 frescos, which depict seven liberal arts such as astronomy, music, rhetoric, etc.

8. ROYAL LIBRARY OF DENMARK, COPENHAGEN, DENMARK

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Located in the beautiful city of Copenhagen, this library originally came into being in 1648. However, it was renovated in 1999. The library has a middle section of clear glass on either sides are metal segments which are shiny black. Due to this, it is also called the ‘black diamond’. The library has an incredible collection of European works and a vast number of books on the history and culture of Denmark as well. The original copy of the first known Danish book is also preserved here. The library also houses a café, national photography museum and a performance hall.

9. ROYAL PORTUGUESE READING ROOM, RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL

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This library has a palatial interior design and will give you a royal feel as you enter it. The library was actually built in Lisbon and was then shipped to Rio de Janeiro. The library has a beautiful limestone exterior, inspired by the Jeronimos  Monastery in Lisbon. The library has altar made of ivory, marble and silver at the entrance. It also has stained glass windows in red, blue and white.

10. SEATTLE PUBLIC LIBRARY, CENTRAL BRANCH, WASHINGTON

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The Seattle Public library located in Seattle, Washington was designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas. It has 11 stories and is made in glass and steel. The library is built on a hill which makes it possible to enter and exit the library on different floors.

 

 

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10 Most Luxurious Hotels In The World

Are you one of those globe trotters who just love the idea of living in the best hotels while your wanderlust takes you to the most exotic of foreign lands?

To make your travel quests easy, we have here a list of the 10 most luxurious hotels in the world. With a boost in the hospitality industry, these top hotels are now competing to provide the most luxurious stay to their guests and offering them excellent services.

All these hotels have a long built reputation with their customers and some also have a number of branches spread all over the world. So, the next time you embark on an adventure, you will probably know where you will be staying.

1. THE EMIRATES PALACE, ABU DHABI

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The Emirates Palace tops our list as the most luxurious hotel. The construction of the hotel took approximately $3 billion. This hotel has it all from the white sand beach to around 1000 mesmerizing crystal chandeliers. The marble used in the hotel has been imported from 13 countries. There are 394 rooms and suites as well as 40 meeting and conference rooms. The hotel also boasts of a luxurious spa and a number of pools and fountains. Staying at this lavish hotel will give you the feel of a royalty.

2. THE PENINSULA HOTEL, HONG KONG

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This hotel came into being in 1928 and it is the oldest hotel of Hong Kong. However, the hotel has continued to maintain high standards and is known for its perfect fusion of the eastern and western hospitality traditions. Not just does it entice you with its aura of elegance and grandeur, it also draws you closer to history through the beautiful artefacts and antiques which gracefully enhance the beauty of the hotel. The hotel has beautiful rooms and grand lobbies. It also provides free international calling facility to its guests.

3. BURJ AL ARAB HOTEL, DUBAI

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The Burj Al Arab Hotel is one of the top choices of the royalty. Its design resembles the shape of a billowing sail. It has a breathtakingly beautiful architecture and the best of the facilities, such as tennis courts and an attached heliport. The service provide by the hotel is also top class including 24/7 on call butlers, a chauffeur driven Rolls Royce and in-suite check-in. The lavish suites of the hotel span two floors and have the best amnesties and stunning views. The hotel also provides its guests with a plethora of nightlife and entertainment options.

4. THE WESTIN EXCELSIOR, ROME

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The Westin Excelsior, located in the beautiful vicinity of the Via Veneto district of Rome, was built in the year 1906. The hotel has a lovely architecture and all the rooms are equipped with the best state-of-the-art facilities. However, the most striking feature of the hotel is its Villa La Cupola Suite. The suite has been recently renovated at the cost of $7 million. This suite is one of a kind, spanning two floors and embellished with traditional designs and frescos. It is also the largest suite in Italy. The suite has all the luxuries including Jacuzzi, a sauna, steam bath, a fitness room and even a separate dining room. If you are someone who doesn’t mind shelling out extra bucks for all these facilities, this is the place for you.

5. RITZ-CARLTON, TOKYO

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The Ritz-Carlton hotel is located in the Roppongi district of Tokyo, Japan. The hotel is housed in the Midtown Tower from the 45th to 53rd floors. The interior designing of the hotel has been done by Frank Nicholson, a Massachusetts-based interior designer. The floors are made with limestone and granite and the walls are lined with anegre panelling. The lobby has a huge glass screen and the carpets have linear patterns. The hotel also has a French restaurant, Forty Five, from where you can view the Tokyo Tower at night. The main dining room of the hotel serves Japanese cuisine and has the traditional Japanese chabudai (the short-legged table) and zaisu (the floor chairs), each of which can accommodate 6 guests. The hotel also has a spa and a pool.

6. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL, TORONTO

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The Four Seasons chain of hotels and resorts is a well renowned name in the hospitality industry. It is the best in terms of luxury, consistency and management expertise.  The one in Toronto is located near the posh area of Yorkville. It has a spa, granite bathrooms, floor to ceiling windows and around 250 guestrooms.

7. THE PLAZA, NEW YORK CITY

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The Plaza hotel is located in New York City and was built in 1907. In 1969, the hotel earned the designation of National Historical Landmark .The main attraction of the hotel is Royal Plaza Suite. The suite has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms and looks over the beautiful city of Manhattan. The suite also houses a library, gym, formal dining room, kitchen, butler’s pantry and a grand piano. It has a private elevator too.

8. ATLANTIS PARADISE ISLAND, BAHAMAS

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The hotel is built as tribute to the lost ancient city of Atlantis. It is spread over an area of 141 acre and is one of the most popular luxury resorts located in the spectacular surroundings of Bahamas. What catches the eye in this resort is its Royal Towers Bridge Suite. The suite is on the 23rd floor and has 10 rooms with full length windows. It has a formal dining room, a grand piano and two entertainment centres. It also has a 22-karat gold chandelier. A staff of seven is there to cater to all your needs.

9. PALMS CASINO RESORT, LAS VEGAS

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This hotel is located in the Sin City i.e. Las Vegas. It has rooftop suites which have the capacity to accommodate around 250 people for a party. These suites also have gym, Jacuzzi, sauna, private elevator, media room, private bar and a rotating bed.

10. MARDAN PALACE HOTEL, TURKEY

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The Mardan Palace hotel is located in Antalya, Turkey and was built by Telman Ismailov, a Russian billionaire. The hotel has the largest swimming pool in the Mediterranean. It has a spa, 17 bars, a sunken aquarium and 10 dining spots. The interiors are beautifully designed with gold leaf and Italian marble.

 

10 Most Expensive Houses Of The World

10 Most Expensive Houses Of The World

Ever wondered what would it feel like to live in one of the most expensive houses of the world? Well, we cannot make that dream of yours come true, but we can definitely give you a sneak peek into the costliest homes on the planet.

Yes, here we have compiled an exhaustive list of the 10 most expensive houses of the world. Most of these exquisite houses are owned by billionaires comprising of some of the world’s richest business tycoons and celebrities.

Some are ancient and have historical value, while some have the best modern architecture. Some of these are even for sale. So, if you have a budget that suits it, keep an eye.

From having indoor and outdoor pools to panic rooms, these luxurious houses are more like modern castles. Read on to have a glimpse of the abodes of the richest of the rich.

10. THE BRAN/ DRACULA’S CASTLE

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If you are into vampire and Dracula stuff, this one will particularly interest you. It used to be the home of Vlan, the Impaler, also known as the original Dracula. The palace belonged to the royal families for several years and has now been converted into a museum. This ancient castle has 57 rooms, and 17 bedrooms. The interior design is ancient with antique furniture. So, if you are a historical enthusiast, you should definitely pay a visit. The castle is located in Transylvania, Romania. The price of the castle keeps fluctuating. However, it is currently valued at $152 million.

9. THE PINNACLE

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This house is located in Big Sky, Montana. It is the largest property in the Yellowstone Club. This is a cozy mountain-side mansion which has it all. It has heated floors and fireplaces, a gym, several pools, a wine cellar and staff to attend to your needs. For the super-rich people, it has a private ski and golf community. Adding to that, it also has a private ski lift. The house is owned by real- estate developer, co-founder of Yellowstone Club and timber baron, Tim Blixseth with Edra Blixseth. The house is priced at $155 million.

8. FRANCHUK VILLA

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The house has the prime location in Belgravia, Central London. It is a Victorian style villa and has 10 bedrooms and 6 floors. It has a private movie theatre, a panic room, an underground indoor swimming pool, sauna, and a personal gym too. The property is owned by Olena Franchuk, daughter of Ukraine’s second president. It is worth $161 million.

7. THE HEARST MANSION

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The Hearst Mansion is located in San Simeon, California. This mansion has been featured in the movie ‘Godfather’. It was also the honeymoon destination of the U.S. president J.F. Kennedy. It has also hosted many famous personalities including Winston Churchill, Jackie Kennedy and Clark Gable as well.  It has three swimming pools, 29 rooms, a disco and a movie theatre. The house is owned by William Randolph Hearst’s trustees. It is now a part of the California Park System and a heritage and tourist spot. It is priced at $165 million.

6. ELLISON ESTATE

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This vast estate is owned by the co-founder of Oracle, Larry Ellison. The property is spread over 23 acres with 10 buildings. It has a tea house, a bath house, a koi pond and a man-made lake as well. It is located in Woodside, California. The property is valued at $200 million. Larry was inspired by Japan’s Samurai Era, which can be seen reflected in this property.

5. KENSINGTON PALACE

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This lavish property is owned by Indian steel magnate, Lakshmi Mittal. It is located in London on the Billionaires Row and is at close proximity to the house of Prince William and Kate Middleton. It has 12 bedrooms, an indoor pool, Turkish baths and a parking space with a capacity to accommodate 20 cars. The property is worth $222 million.

4. FAIRFIELD POND

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This magnificent estate is located in Sagaponack, New York. It is spread over 63 acres and has 23 bedrooms. The house has three swimming pools, tennis courts, squash courts, a bowling alley and a basketball court. It also has 39 bathrooms and a 91-foot long dining room. It is owned by Ira Rennert, owner of the Renco Group. Its price is $248 million.

3. VILLA LEOPOLDA

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This beautiful house is exotically located in Cote D’Azure, France. It was built by the Belgian king, King Leopold II in 1902. This house was famously used in the sets of the classic movie, ‘To Catch A Thief’ in 1955. The house is owned by a Brazilian philanthropist, Lily Safra. This 50 acre property has an exceptionally large guest house, a commercial sized greenhouse, a helipad, a swimming pool and a pool house and an outdoor kitchen. It has 27 stories and 19 bedrooms. It has a vast garden too, and it is said that there are 50 full-time gardeners employed to take care of the garden.  The house is valued at $750 million.

2. ANTILLA

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The Antilla is located in Mumbai, India. This is not just a house, but a whole world in its own with highly modern architecture and interior design. The architecture is based on an ancient Indian tradition of Vastu Shastra. Each floor has a unique and aesthetic design. It is a 400,000 square foot building with 27 stories. The building is so huge that a staff of 600 people is required just to maintain it. It has three helicopter pads and six underground parking floors. It also has a four-story garden, a gym, jacuzzi and ballroom. This house belongs to Mukesh Ambani,  the richest man of India and the owner of the Reliance Group of Companies. The building is valued at $1 billion.

1. BUCKINGHAM PALACE

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Well, we have all heard of this one. The Buckingham palace makes to the top of our list of the 10 most expensive houses of the world. Though the house is not for sale, but the valuation of the palace by the National Building Society is $1.56 billion. The palace is located in London and is home to the Queen of England. The current owner of the property is Queen Elizabeth II, since 1952. The palace has a total of 775 rooms which includes 92 offices, 188 staff rooms, 19 state rooms, 52 bedrooms and78 bathrooms.