World’s biggest bookshop opens in Tehran

  • 23 Sep - 29 Sep, 2017
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Mag Files

Book lovers can now explore a massive complex in Iran that’s been dubbed the largest book complex of its kind in the country — and possibly in the entire world.

Opened in July this year, the Tehran Book Garden complex in Tehran, Iran, spans a whopping 65,000 square meters (almost 700,000 square feet), and includes a theater, display halls, research halls, and a variety of book stores designed for customers of all ages.

While Guinness World Records lists the former Barnes and Noble Bookstore scattered throughout a massive 154,250 square feet, at 105 Fifth Avenue in New York City as the largest individual bookstore in the world, the book store closed down in 2014, making the Tehran Book Garden a contender for the title.

The Tehran Book Garden won't just sell books, however. Visitors will find an art gallery, a prayer room, a restaurant, and even a robotics club here. The venue will also host literature-based events like book festivals, painting workshops, and meet-and-greet sessions with authors.

The bookshop has thousands of titles divided into sections for children and adults, and plans to distribute more than 1,000 books to visitors enjoying the seating areas of the complex’s 25,000-square-meter rooftop garden that doubles as a public park.