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How the world’s oldest bookstores are surviving during Covid

Livraria Lello’s famous staircase. (Photo by Manuel Varzim)
More than any other type of store, bookstores hold a special place in society’s imagination. They are about so much more than the products they sell. As Vincent Van Gogh said, “So often, a visit to a bookshop has cheered me, and reminded me that there are good things in the world.” It’s this sentiment that has helped turn some of the world’s oldest bookstores into must-see destinations.  Take Portugal’s Livraria Lello, for example. It opened in the coastal town of Porto in 1906 with