1. Los Angeles Central Library
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The city’s main library is worth a look even if you’ve no interest in borrowing books. The exterior is an Egyptian and Mediterranean beauty, topped with a dramatic, tiled pyramid tower and decorated with bas-reliefs. The most stunning features, though, reside in the second floor rotunda, with its deco-meets-arabesque dome, California history mural and globe chandelier.
630 W 5th St, Downtown L.A. Mon-Thu 10am-8pm; Fri, Sat 9:30am-5:30pm; Sun 1-5pm