Image is made up of 3,000 photos and took 111 hours to stitch together
It is the kind of magnificent hall where you might stand and wish your eyes could 'zoom in'.
But now visitors can do just that - but from the comfort of their own homes thanks to one photographer who has produced the largest photographic image ever taken indoors.
The interactive 360-degree image is of the Strahov Philosophical Library in Prague and allows viewers to zoom in and admire row upon row of leather-bound tomes and stunning ceiling fresco.
Taken by photographer Jeffrey Martin, founder of 360cities.net, the image is so effective it gives the illusion of standing right inside the 18th century baroque library.
Using a Cannon 550D, the 34-year-old spent five days working on the project to create the 40-gigapixel image totalling an astonishing 283 GB.
The image - or collection of 2,947 images as it is in reality - took 111 hours to stitch together, and allows the world a rare glimpse inside this beautiful walnut-panelled hall usually off-limits to tourists.
They can even take a closer look at the beautiful ceiling fresco completed in 1794 depicting dozens of historical and religious figures from Noah to Moses.
This panorama lets viewers get so close to the repository of rare books, there may well be no need to ever visit in person.
Ancient books are visible in detail down to the worn leather on the spines
Even the ageing leather spines of the 868-year-old Hall's 42,000 volumes, part of the Strahov's monastery's collection of almost every important book in central Europe at the end of the 18th century.
Mr Martin told Wired.com: 'I started from the ceiling, and by the time they kicked me out at 5 pm the first day, I had done maybe 20 per cent of the hall.
'So I hit pause and left everything right where it was until the next morning. That’s one advantage of shooting in an 18th-century library — my camera is the least valuable thing in the room.'
Turning the 2,947 shots into a single picture was not without its challenges, making sure the shots did not have dark and bright spots when they were shot in different lights.
Among the Hall's attractions is a four volume set marked Musee Francais, believed to be one of just four extant copies and a gift from Marie Louise, the second wife of Emperor Napolean.(dailymail.co.uk)


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