Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria

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Absorb the blend of ancient history and modern knowledge at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, an important library and strikingly designed cultural complex. Built in honor of the historically significant 3rd-century BCE library of the same name--whose burning represents an immense loss to contemporary cultural knowledge--the modern institution was inaugurated in 2002 with backing from UNESCO. Designed to resemble a rising sun, the library complex aspires to be a bastion of knowledge and learning like its ancient predecessor. Explore the entire complex, which includes four museums, gallery spaces for permanent and temporary exhibits, and a planetarium. Arrange to visit Bibliotheca Alexandrina and other attractions in Alexandria using our Alexandria journey planner.
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  • This is one of the important landmarks of Alexandria, it is located close to where the ancient library of Alexandria once stood, it has an amazing architecture, and contains millions of books, a must ...  more »
  • For a long time I wanted to visit the library. Seen pictures from many sources. To visit it was a different story... Some things to know which we learn once there... If you go with a child less than 1...  more »
  • Beautiful library with small museums inside. It is fully air conditioned if you need to get out of the heat. You will be required to pay additional fees to go to other museums housed inside. It’s very...  more »
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  • Amazing and beautiful library! There is so much history related to this location and I fully recommend visiting here if you are in Alexandria! The price is a little higher than I expected but it was still within reason. If you are just going to see the library, there are some locations which are off limits (but are not marked as so) and this can cause confusion. However, overall it is excellent as a place to visit and also likely one of the best locations in the world to find any book you wish to read on any subject! You could spend your life reading and learning here!
  • Tremendous library! It was reborn on 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 offers have made it a place for open discussion, dialogue, and understanding. The BA has four museums: the Sadat Museum (dedicated to the memory of the late President Sadat), the Antiquities Museum, the Manuscripts Museum, and the History of Science Museum.
  • First time I go there and it's breathtaking, never thought it would be so amazing. There books for almost everything on the palnet, and there is the small museum down there with all the statutes and objects that was made thousands of years ago. Its full of art and history and the very amazing building itself. Loved it from all my heart.
  • The library is so big and complete. Many floors to go up. First time when u enter the library, you will see the collection of old machines or printers. Besides that, you can visit some museums there. I interested to visit president museum and antiquities museum at that time. If you like to study or reading, you can spend your whole time in there. You can find everything in any subjects. The place is very comfortable and I enjoy my day!
  • Totally in love with this place, it is like all civilizations are gathering in there. A modern place with an amazing historic touch. Was there a couple of days ago, and was so excited to visit the planetarium but they told me there is some renovation works going on in there and the reopening will be on Jan 22nd. Will visit it one day for sure.
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