oldest bookstore

A look at the oldest operating bookstore in the world!

Tucked away on a street in the busy and iconic traditional neighbourhood of ‘Chiado’ in Lisboa, Portugal, is Bertrand. A shop with a somewhat no frills front, and walking down Rua Garrett, you will probably not notice it so much, with all the other glitzy stores announcing their ware. The B for Bertrand, white type on orange, greets you cheerfully, if you do happen to stop by. ‘Livreiros’ is what you notice and ‘1732‘. 1732? Yes, one reads it correctly, for this is the oldest operating bookstore in the world, in business since 1732. Read More…

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