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Bibliotheca Alexandrina

El Shatby, Alexandria 30100, Egypt
+20 3 4203020
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Located near the site of the ancient library of Alexandria, this modern version is an eleven-story, cylindrical-shaped building that houses more than eight million books. A re-imagining of Alexandria's ancient Great Library, this gorgeously designed cultural center contains a host of museums as well as one of the modern world's most ambitious libraries. Its architecture - a giant sun disk - presides over the waterfront Corniche, while inside, a huge reading room can hold eight million volumes. Below themain library, visitors can explore a range of beautifully curated exhibitions. TheManuscript Museum with its magnificent collection of ancient texts and scrolls and the Antiquities Museum with its Graeco-Roman antiquities and statuary found during underwater exploration in the harbor are the two prime attractions. But there are also rotating art exhibitions, a permanent Egyptian folk art collection, and a Science Museum and Planetarium that are aimed squarely at children.
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  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
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El Shatby, Alexandria 30100, Egypt
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Reviewed 6 days ago

I knew about the antiquities museum and the sadat section, I was pleased to find the sculpture on display and the section on the movie for the son of Ramses II that was made here but not released. The library is huge, I didn't see...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good architecture excellent location. Due to shortage of time can’t go inside but from outside looks very good

Thank RaheelR
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Biblioteha Alexandria deserves the reputation it has got. But allow at least 3 hours to explore, we had to rush and could not see much due to want of time.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Staff are really respectable and helpful from the tickets sellers to the staff inside, everything is organized and beautiful. Seriously it’s just impressive

Thank Soha A
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although the original library went down completely on fire, it is worth visiting the actual one, it is huge and architectural project with lots of glasses on the ceiling leave natural light come through, great photo-opportunity. It is a library after all but there are...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful,spacious, comfortable, idyllic for book lovers and for a study space. Cheap student entrance fee. Please bear in mind entrance fee into the library and separate fee for the museum.

Thank Jackie C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful place to visit with history. You have spend a few hours here but it is better to go when it’s not that hot.

Thank Sana J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We couldn't leave Alexandria without seeing the new library. We had already seen where scrolls from the original library had been stored, at one of the historical sites. The architecture is great, and the comings-and-goings of people made it seem that this is a place...More

Thank stpetesusan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The library was vast but had a great tour, fascinating exhibits and extremely helpful staff. Well worth a visit had Caesar not burned down the original!

Thank Elizabeth J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great new building for the old Library. It consist of The Main Library and some other Specialised libraries for Arts, the rare books, multimedia, children,.. etc. It has museums for Antiquities , Manuscripts and some other museums. free internet and computers available. Privet rooms...More

Thank Dr_Mohamed_Mahmoud
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Ahmed H
16 November 2017|
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Response from mona551950 | Reviewed this property |
Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Fridays from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and Saturdays from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
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Marina A
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Response from fth0mps0n | Reviewed this property |
I do not know on June 25th if they open or not.
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Response from PedallingPilgrims | Reviewed this property |
We got taken around in a tour which took 45minutes, and then we explored the library for another half hour - but we could have stayed for a few more. It depends how interested you are. There are plenty of other things close... More
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