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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 good21%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“amazing library” (25 reviews)
“art galleries” (16 reviews)
“modern library” (30 reviews)
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El Shatby, Alexandria 30100, Egypt
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+20 3 4203020
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This library is an amazing place to visit in Egypt. Its huge with different levels for different subjects . Tourist are allowed to visit the reading area. The structure of the library is nice and its offers the readers a calm and silent place to...More

Thank Nidhi K
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The best place in Alexandria. You can spend a lot of hours there . Books from all over the world . Quiet and relaxing area. Friendly staff.

Thank teo c
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Not only that I felt fine for standing on the ground of the famous ancient library, but I also found that you may explore books, sit in the patie near bust of Alexander the Great and enjoy in the café.

Thank Olgica2015
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Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the most important places to visit in Egypt is this library. Amazing and well organized, very secured and employees are professional. Facilities are available to be informed of many information. Not only books and encyclopedias, but also pieces of arts are amazing. I...More

Thank badreldin
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good place for visiting. Has many cultural activities to do. The place is nice as it face the nice see view.

Thank 786hamdya
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was amazing. The kids like it so much The movie was nice. But I prefer it to be in English without having to rent the earphones

Thank milo m
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It is truly a place where you immerse yourself and don't want to leave. At least that's how it was for me! Definitely recommend it!

Thank Aleksandra H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place was a location of ancient Library which has been replaced by the modern and sustainable library. It is part museum/events place/library and hanging out joint.

Thank arunbvkumar
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It’s not just a library, it includes also museums inside and hosts lot of musical and artistic events

Thank Khaled M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Start your tour from the statue of the Ptolemaic ruler, to remember that you are to the Basilia of Hellenistic Alexandria. The ancient library that is said to have been in the same place was part of the Royal Quartier along with the Museion. Enjoy...More

Thank HebaEssam
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esraaezzat
June 29, 2018|
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Response from Vangelis G | Reviewed this property |
Υou pay an entrance ticket if you are not local.
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November 15, 2017|
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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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I do not know on June 25th if they open or not.
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