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Russia: Book worms rejoice as sumptuous and VERY pricey library opens in Petersburg02:00

Russia: Book worms rejoice as sumptuous and VERY pricey library opens in Petersburg

Russian Federation, St. Petersburg
February 20, 2017 at 21:00 GMT -00:00 · Published

Wealthy bookworms have a treat in store if they were willing to make the journey to St. Petersburg where one could be one of the world’s most expensive libraries opened.

The exclusive interior of Book Capella was captured on Monday, with footage showing the painstakingly decorated furnishings, tapestries and stained glass. In such surroundings for a fee of 7,000 roubles (€113) for a single session you can read some of the more than 5,000 carefully selected volumes of Russian authors of 16th to the early 20th centuries.

The high admission fee is justified according to the administration since all the items in the library are precious in their own right though not originals. Each volume is hand made using expensive paper and leather bindings with gold lettering and many are available for sale and in great demand from collectors.

Book Capella was founded by Alfaret Publishing House whose CEO Yuri Shestakov explained “we thought that a format of chapel would better suit these unique books.” He added that “we wanted a person to have a chance to work with the books in the atmosphere of seclusion, in the atmosphere of some sacramental communication with these great books.” “Hence we chose the word “chapel” and we tried to form the interior accordingly,” he concluded.

There are 15 working places available by appointment, with the library focusing on scientists and collectors.

Russia: Book worms rejoice as sumptuous and VERY pricey library opens in Petersburg02:00
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Wealthy bookworms have a treat in store if they were willing to make the journey to St. Petersburg where one could be one of the world’s most expensive libraries opened.

The exclusive interior of Book Capella was captured on Monday, with footage showing the painstakingly decorated furnishings, tapestries and stained glass. In such surroundings for a fee of 7,000 roubles (€113) for a single session you can read some of the more than 5,000 carefully selected volumes of Russian authors of 16th to the early 20th centuries.

The high admission fee is justified according to the administration since all the items in the library are precious in their own right though not originals. Each volume is hand made using expensive paper and leather bindings with gold lettering and many are available for sale and in great demand from collectors.

Book Capella was founded by Alfaret Publishing House whose CEO Yuri Shestakov explained “we thought that a format of chapel would better suit these unique books.” He added that “we wanted a person to have a chance to work with the books in the atmosphere of seclusion, in the atmosphere of some sacramental communication with these great books.” “Hence we chose the word “chapel” and we tried to form the interior accordingly,” he concluded.

There are 15 working places available by appointment, with the library focusing on scientists and collectors.

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