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Biblioteca Joanina

Praca da Porta Ferrea | Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra 3000-447, Portugal
+351 239 859 900
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The most beautiful library I have ever visited

Biblioteca Joanina is the most beautiful library I have ever visited. Its rich wooden decorations... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lidia K
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Toronto, Canada
Must See at University of Coimbra

Well worth the short visit to see a well preserved historic library. Timed entry tickets allows... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
csgotraveler
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Chicago, Illinois
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Praca da Porta Ferrea | Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra 3000-447, Portugal
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Biblioteca Joanina is the most beautiful library I have ever visited. Its rich wooden decorations give the interior a very special caracter

Thank Lidia K
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth the short visit to see a well preserved historic library. Timed entry tickets allows you to keep your arrival wait to a minimum as entry into the actual library is strictly controlled.

Thank csgotraveler
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Reviewed 1 week ago

There is a formality when visiting this library that humidity levels are monitored, no photographs and timed for crowd control. We were watching the students inside prepare for a special televised event inside. This is a very unique library that I don't think you will...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The library is not to be missed! Buy the ticket to the university buildings (€10 for Seniors). It is definitely worth the money.

Thank Claremont77
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The library is a must see. So everyone (plus us) went. You buy your tickets and are assigned a time to enter the library (crowd size is controlled). So make sure you remember the time and get back to the library entrance.

Thank georgecI2056SR
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Reviewed 13 May 2018

If you visit this place you cannot not being impressed by the beauty of it. It's an ancient library of the University of Coimbra but it is very well kept. For this reason you cannot take pictures of it because the photos could spoil the...More

2  Thank Angelica R
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

The only disappointment is that pictures are not allowed. The library is outstanding and would highly recommend a visit. We bought the combo ticket.

1  Thank WiMadcitytraveler
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Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

I traveled in Portugal with a group of life long learners, most of whom are retired professionals. I think that most of us were captivated by the university at Coimbra, its long history and place in higher education in Portugal today. The Baroque library was...More

1  Thank Toni B
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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Feels like a place of reverence upon entering. Although not that large, you wish you could be left alone to roam around and explore the collection for hours. You cannot take pics once inside so you need to burn a mental picture.

Thank hanleydouglas
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Reviewed 19 April 2018

Thoroughly enjoyable to stand in the main room of the library and imagine yourself there 200 years ago reading one of the books in this beautiful structure. I particularly liked being able to peak into one of the small individual reading spaces on the side...More

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