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With a day in Manchester before our flight to Dublin, my friend and I wasted no time in exploring the sights. Visiting such facilities as the Science and Industry Museum Manchester Art Gallery, we agreed that John Rylands library was our favourite.
Designed in 1889 in homage to the Gothic Revival movement, architect Basil Champneys’ vision came to life a year later when the stunning monument was opened to the public. A romantic way to honour her husband’s memory, Enriqueta Rylands ensured that the people of Manchester would not forget her husband’s name, John Rylands.
The interior negotiates between postmodern minimalism and Neo-Gothic love of intricate details. Upon entering the stunning building, you are ushered into a wide space with a colour palette restricted to white and slate grey, opening up the already considerable space. A sleek staircase leads you upstairs, transporting you back in time to Champney’s work of art. The most breathtaking part of his work lies in the Reading Room. Consisting of two floors of stunningly bound books, the long hallway directs your eye to a bronze statue of John Rylands, located at the end of the stunning space. Mirrors are provided to allow visitors to fully appreciate the ornate designs of the vaulted ceiling.
Spending over an hour in the library that brought our minds to magic and mysticism, we left with cameras full of classic beauty.