Architecture and art, Eastern Europe, Things to do

Stunning Enchanted Library Opens up in Bucharest

In the heart of Romania’s capital Bucharest, a lovely XIX century edifice was transformed into a cultural jewel – a spectacular display filled with a collection of both classic and modern literature, albums, DVDs, and of course – tea.

The Cărtureşti Carusel, also called “The Carousel of Light” is located on a street with long standing tradition – it was the place where merchants of old from Leipzig, Krakow and all around Europe came to sell their goods. Now, the area is riddled with chique cafes, luxury clothing stores and lively pubs. The bohemian atmosphere is perfect for such a library.

Spread on 6 floors, the bookshop hosts over 10,000 books, 5,000 albums and DVDs, a bistro on the last floor, a multimedia space on the basement and a gallery dedicated to modern art on the first floor. The space will host numersous cultural events and concerts. The opening already featured a nice concert by local artist Silent Strike.

Cărtureşti is one of the most famous libraries in Romania, but even so, there’s a certain madness to renting one of the fanciest buildings in the capital for selling books. But Nicoleta Iordan, one of the founders, says there’s a certain madness associated to selling books.

Meanwhile, this remains one of the best places in Europe to enjoy a book, good music, and a cup of delicious tea!

Images via Carturesti Carousel.


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