6 best places for bookworms in the Slavic countries

Although all of the Slavic countries have some special places related to the book reading culture, dedicated in memory of the unique writers, it is impossible to count them all. Slavs are a family, but every region provided a unique style of literature to the world.

If you are a Slavic bookworm, you should consider visiting at least some of the places mentioned below. Moreover, we are absolutely sure that in the area where you live, you can find more and more precious places to every person who loves books. However, here we go with some fabulous places, and events, where the books have a special place:

1. The old town in Prague (Czech Republic)

One of the most mysterious and magical places in Europe. During the night the streets of Prague might inspire to write the cruelest horror books or wonderful romantic stories. No matter what kind of inspiration the writer needs, it is possible to find it in Prague. One of the most famous books about Prague by Umberto Eco became a huge success around the world.

2. The Book Fair in Kraków (Poland)

The Book Fair in Krakow is currently the largest publishing trade show in Poland and a renowned media event. The annual trade fair is an important cultural event and brings together publishers, authors, booksellers, translators, librarians, and literary enthusiasts. The Book Fair takes place annually, and therefore for the 23rd time, it will take a place in October 2019 in Kraków.

3. National and University Library of Bosnia and Herzegovina

The library was opened in 1945 and its mission is officially to provide comprehensive knowledge of the life and culture of our peoples, especially the peoples of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to enable individuals and institutions and work in the field of science and art. The library consists of many precious manuscripts, but many of its archival and library holdings were destroyed during the siege of Sarajevo, in the night from 25th to 26 August 1992. This library has a story that makes it a monument of wisdom that defeats the stupidity of humans and the cruelty of this world.

4. The Museum of Henryk Sienkiewicz in Oblęgorek (Poland)

The house of Henryk Sienkiewicz is a part of the National Museum in Kielce. The museum is located in Oblęgorek and it is the greatest tourist attraction in this area. Sienkiewicz used it as a summer house mostly and worked there on some of his most famous novels including ”In Desert and  Wilderness”. He arrived there for the first time in 1902 and had to leave it in 1914 due to the beginning of World War I. After his death, it belonged to his wife Maria and son Henryk Józef. They left it in 1944. Some f the manuscripts of the writer survived due to the help of the people who lived in Oblęgorek.

5. The Nabokov Museum in St Petersburg (Russia)

Nabokov called it “the only house in the world”. It was opened as a museum in 1998 as a non-governmental cultural institution. Nabokov and his family never owned any house after their departure from St.Petersburg in November 1917. The Museum has accumulated a significant collection and a large library which is always open to our visitors. The museum occupies the first floor, where the former dining room, the drawing room, and the library room have retained much of their original look.

6. National and University Library in Zagreb (Croatia)

The Library was established in 1607 by the Jesuit order and holds around 3 million books. It is the main center of preservation of the Croatian national written heritage. The Manuscripts and Old Books Collection contains a vast legacy of manuscripts. It includes the collection of nearly  100,000 letters and 3,670 call numbers for individual manuscripts,  in total the Collection contains 9,236 items (10,295 volumes).

What is your favorite place to enjoy the culture of reading books? Do you have any interesting museum or fascinating library near you? We would appreciate if you could share it in a comment below.

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