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18 of the most beautiful libraries in the world

Abbey Library of Saint Gall

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7. Abbey library of Saint Gall, Switzerland

Considered one of the most important monastic libraries in the world, this Baroque bonanza is home to manuscripts dating back to the 8th century. While the library is open to the public, any of its 160,000 books printed prior to 1900 can only be read in the reading room. In 1983, the library was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.