A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness
So wrote John Keats in his poem Endymion. I agree with his sentiment although only with the proviso that we should never take beauty for granted. Take bookshops, for example, they are beautiful for all kinds of reasons but if we don’t use them we will (as we are already, sadly) lose them. They will, in Keats’ words, ‘pass into nothingness’.
The reason I mention bookshops specifically is because of a lovely phot0-article at Guardian Books on Twelve of the world’s most beautiful bookshops.
Of those featured, I have to say that I was particularly taken by Beunos Aires’ El Ateneo (below – Wikimedia Commons), which makes splendid use of an old theatre.