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All reviews beautiful library baroque interior no photography leather bound books love libraries main ticket buy the tickets sao miguel no photos allowed coimbra university timed entry guided tour harry potter worth a visit ancient books university buildings bats
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Magnificent architecture, and a real sense of history. Get there early, only a limited number of people are allowed in at any given visit time and lines can get long. Be sure to visit the "academic prison" were recalcitrant students were locked away.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Zane Grey C
Reviewed 3 days ago

Definitely worth visiting one of the oldest libraries in the world. Much thought has gone into the building and maintaining such an amazing place. It is most important to have a guided tour that explains it in detail.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Zhiv
Reviewed 1 week ago

There aren't many libraries like this in the world and it was well worth the visit to say I have seen it! However, there is no tour, no commentary and its simply an opportunity to gaze at a fabulous collection of books, shelves and tables....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank library48
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When I die and go to heaven, it will look JUST like this! If you love books, scholarship, and history, this is the place. This is the only place I know of that is protected by bats--you have to go to hear more. The negative...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank jamesafoster
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Entry is limited to small groups at fixed times. The library was very dark with only very dimly lit ceiling. As photography is not allowed (and practically impossible in such dark), the place could offer at least some postcards.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Janoshka
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A must visit, the library is one of the oldest in Europe and was the inspiration for the Uni in Harry Potter.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DaiWeiShi
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Their website is very confusing e misinformative. Since it is the main attraction of Coimbra, they should provide better support!

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank msy22
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't miss this library with the old books if you visit Coimbra. It's a must-see. It's beautiful. You are on a timed entrance ticket and no photos allowed.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Kathrine
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Your jaw will drop. Stunning, inspiring, breath-taking all in one. Indescribable. It brought tears to my eyes

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Joleen625
Reviewed 6 November 2018

This library is remarkable and is one of the most beautiful of the world. Once in Coimbra its mandatory.

Date of experience: April 2018
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