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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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El Shatby, Alexandria 30100, Egypt
+20 3 4203020
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

such an amazing library so big and contains a lot of books in different fields and contains also some ancient antiques

Thank Marina F
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Bibliotheca Alexandria is one of the landmarks in Alexandria. Any visitor to Alexandria will enjoy it

Thank hafezmagdi
Reviewed 3 days ago

I wouldn't make this a primary thing to do if you have limited time (like we did) in Alexandria. We stopped for a quick 10 minute walk-around and never made it inside. The architecture was nice.

Thank County-Hunter
Reviewed 3 days ago

this Library is 1 of top 5 in the world in every sense of the word! State of the Art facility ... must visit when in Alexandria!

Thank Moka_travels
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is by far the best Museum I have seen. The Entire Royal Treasure of King TUT is well preserved and displayed. The best part of the museum is the Mummy's room. I seriously wonder how they would have preserved the remains since the past...More

Thank Avinash R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

More than 2,000,000 books in different languages. Great and interesting design. A wonderful place to visit.

Thank mohamed s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It's actually huge and interesting. There are a lot of things to see and do inside. There are museums inside too. However, if you're a foreigner, the entrance is fine (70le) but you have to pay again in some of the areas which happended to...More

Thank Cams R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Library of Alexandria was reborn in October 2002 to reclaim the mantle of its ancient namesake. It is not just an extraordinarily beautiful building; it is also a vast complex where the arts, history, philosophy, and science come together. Moreover, the myriad activities it...More

Thank Mohamed A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A pretty amazing library! Great architecture that gives the feeling of being in the temple of literature. Take the free guided tour, it is pretty informative and gives a good overview to the library.

Thank Claudia C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really perfect for who wants to see art and read more It's a really magnificint place and very well secured

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Marina A
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Response from menatallah | Reviewed this property |
just see it now, check bibalex site for all info and opening hours
11 March 2015|
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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
21 February 2015|
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Response from KATHLEENgREECE | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous comments. The best way to get there is by taxi but bargain the price before you get in. I would say 30egp would be a fair price. If you have time, do visit the Museum of Alexandria. It is a... More