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Municipal Public Library of Porto

Rua Dom Joao IV 17, Porto 4000-301, Portugal
+351 22 519 3480
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Great place to visit

Quite unique in an old convent cloisters still there but with glass panels, interesting old... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
lorrainem1957
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Bidford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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Beautiful Building & Working Library

We just happened upon this place and wouldn't have gone in except for professional curiosity as... read more

Reviewed 20 March 2018
Mscoachbeth
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London, United Kingdom
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In 1833, the Municipal Library of Porto was founded by decree of D. Pedro IV, and initially it was located in Cordoaria. The Library was installed in this building only in 1842, after some adjustments. It is much appreciated for its special funds, from Middle Ages to the present day.
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4 days ago
“Great place to visit”
20 Mar 2018
“Beautiful Building & Working Library”
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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Rua Dom Joao IV 17, Porto 4000-301, Portugal
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Quite unique in an old convent cloisters still there but with glass panels, interesting old mathematic and astronomy books. A copy of every book ever written in Porto housed at this library. Also a very interesting staircase which influenced Harry Potter writer, well worth a...More

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Reviewed 20 March 2018

We just happened upon this place and wouldn't have gone in except for professional curiosity as myself and my friend have both worked in libraries. We were so glad we did! It was incredibly beautiful with murals from the time it was monastery/ You were...More

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Reviewed 11 March 2018

The library is housed in an 18th c. convent and it is beautiful. A lovely small plaza is surrounded with gorgeous azuelos. Peace and quiet indeed. Haven't taken an official tour, but it is on my list. The library itself is small, but it has...More

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Reviewed 26 May 2017

I am amazed to read the review that so trashed this place. As a librarian myself, I have never seen such an opulent building for a public library, and a library that has been one since 1833! A former convent, the walls are covered in...More

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Reviewed 31 March 2017

Extremely unfriendly and burocratic staff who have no idea what they are doing there and what a library is for. You will spend some time figuring out by yourself where you can finally sit down to work or study, if you find a place to...More

Thank Joana B
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