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The Boston Public Library is a functioning, free museum of palatial architecture and gorgeous murals and frescos, including some by John Singer Sargent. His frescos illustrate the development of world religions, and he considered them to be his most important work. The Copely Square building has been the home of the BPL since its completion in 1895 (prior to that the library had been housed in a former schoolhouse and in a building on Boylston St.). It has since undergone major 20th century additions, with a separate but connected building housing the majority of the titles and the original building (which does still circulate books) acting more as the tourist centerpiece. There are also quite a few branch libraries around the city.

This photo is of the main staircase, also known as the Chavannes Gallery. Following is information from the BPL website:
"Painted by the renowned French artist Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, the murals adorn the walls of the McKim building's grand staircase and second floor gallery. The central mural depicts "The Muses of Inspiration Hail the Spirit of Light." Eight stairway murals representing the main disciplines of poetry, philosophy, and science complete this allegorical cycle."

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