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Photographer travels the globe to capture the world's most beautiful libraries

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This photographer has an incredible body of work after traveling the globe in to capture images of some of the world’s most beautiful of libraries. Massimo Listris’s 30-year pursuit has taken him to the likes of medieval chambers and 19th-century wonders. In some mages, rich mahogany lights up rooms, and in others, grand statues, globes and ceiling installations capture the eye. The photographer, from Florence, Italy, said that everything about these grand venues attracts him — from the simple smell of dust, leather and wood, to the pleasure of opening an aged book. (Caters News)

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Stiftsbibliothek Kremsmunster, Kremsmunster, Austria. This monastery library was built between 1680 and 1689, and holds about 160,000 volumes. (Photo: Massimo Listri/Caters News)

Saint Emmerams Abbey, Germany. (Photo: Massimo Listri/Caters News)

Wiblingen Abbey Library, Germany. (Photo: Massimo Listri/Caters News)

Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (Vatican Library) in Rome. (Photo: Massimo Listri/Caters News)

General Archive of the Indies, Sevilla, Spain. (Photo: Massimo Listri/Caters News)

Biblioteca Statale Oratoriana dei Girolamini, Italy — the oldest library in Naples, it has been open to the public since 1566. (Photo: Massimo Listri/Caters News)

El Escorial Library in Madrid, Spain. (Photo: Massimo Listri/Caters News)

Seitenstetten Abbey Library in Austria. (Photo: Massimo Listri/Caters News)

Bibliotheque Sainte-Genevieve, Paris, France. It contains more than two million documents and was the inspiration for the Boston Public Library. (Photo: Massimo Listri/Caters News)

Codrington Library in Oxford, U.K. (Photo: Massimo Listri/Caters News)

Biblioteca do Convento de Mafra, Mafra, Portugal. The library contains more than 36,000 leatherbound volumes. (Photo: Massimo Listri/Caters News)

Real Gabinete Portugues de Leitura, Rio de Janeiro. (Photo: Massimo Listri/Caters News)

Biblioteca Comunale in Fermo, Italy. (Photo: Massimo Listri/Caters News)