Manchester is full of historic buildings. Everywhere you look though, cranes are busy on building sites as new buildings emerge interspersed with the old. You never know what you are going to find tucked around the corner.
We ventured into The John Rylands Library, one of the most spectacular libraries in the world. Neo- Gothic in style, it was opened in 1900 as a memorial to John Rylands by his third wife Enriqueta. John Rylands was Manchester's first multi-millionaire, making his money from textiles. Sadly he outlived his first two wives and his seven children before marrying Enriqueta, originally from Cuba and companion to his second wife.
The library's historic reading room with stained glass windows and vaulted ceiling was built thirty feet above street level so that it was quieter due to noise generated by the Victorian horse drawn vehicles on the cobbles. The library is now part of the University of Manchester and has been extended with more visitor facilities.
The first 3 photos are from the internet.
We were surprised that for such a large building, there seemed to be so many columns, steps and architectural details that there wasn't a lot of space to put anything ! Quite a tricky place to photograph too.
Blogwise, we're leaving Manchester now, off to pastures new tomorrow!