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17 Jul 2018
“Great place to visit”
6 Aug 2018
“Big in Baedeker”
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...more
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Rua Dom Joao IV 17, Porto 4000-301, Portugal
+351 22 519 3480
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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

We found a description of the library in a 1908 Baedeker guide recommending the site. It was converted to a library about 60 years before that was written and now has settled into that life and doesn’t seem to register in 2018 as it did...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 17, 2018 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

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed March 20, 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

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed March 11, 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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Karen N
Reviewed May 26, 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

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed March 31, 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

Date of experience: March 2017
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