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Malatestiana Library, Cesena
Categories: Libraries, Traveler Resources
Malatestiana Library, a historic library in Cesena, is famous for being the first European civic library, meaning that it belonged to the community rather than the church. Constructed in the mid 15th century, the building is the only example of a perfectly preserved humanist monastic library. As you walk into the main aula, you will have the impression of being in a basilica, with three naves divided by rows of white stone columns and 44 Venetian windows that let in light. Continuing to the library, you will see over 400,000 books, including 340 codices and 3,200 16th-century manuscripts. A 40-minute tour will guide you through this historic building, and includes a visit to the aula, a historic reading room, and the Pope's Library. Put Malatestiana Library on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Cesena travel itinerary maker.
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Lugar localizado no centro de Cesena. Para entrar na biblioteca é gratuito. Mas para ver realmente a biblioteca Malatestiana é preciso pagar 5 euros. Com guia. A visita deve durar uns 30 minutos. 30 m... read more »Place located in the Centre of Cesena. To enter the library is free. But to really see the Malatestiana library need to pay 5 euros. With a guide. The visit should last about 30 minutes. 30 minutes not to be missed.show original
Penso sia unica al mondo, e dire bellissima è riduttivo. Da un bellissimo portale decorato con porta in acero e noce intagliata si accede alla Biblioteca, e appena si entra si rimane a bocca aperta. C... read more »I think it's unique in the world, and say beautiful is an understatement. With a beautiful portal decorated with carved walnut and Maple door leads to the library, and as soon as you enter you remain speechless. Built as a church with three naves, with vaulted ceilings, the library is marked to its full extent by magnificent columns with capitals, and Renaissance with side Windows and front that create a striking contrast, worn with original terracotta floor ages, rows of benches along the aisles with old stacked codes below the worktop , each attached to its original chain. Nine times is repeated in tablets engraved and placed on the floor and on the walls the inscription dedicated to those who commissioned this masterpiece: "NOVELLO MALATESTA, son of PANDOLFO and MALATESTA'S NIECE". Not to be missed.show original
Voor cultuur liefhebbers een must, we hadden het geluk samen met een Nederlandse gids en zijn gevolg het bezocht te hebben.For culture lovers a must, we had the good fortune along with an English Guide and his Entourage to have visited it.show original
A couple of things I wish I would have known before coming here: 1) It is on the 2nd flr of the current, modern Public Library 2) You can only just walk in the door; the reading desks and essentially the library itself is roped off 3) The "guide" is just the guy that opens the gate and the door and plays the "history" off his phone in whatever language you request That being said, even though I was a bit disappointed in experiencing the library itself, it was still a major book/history nerd moment to even be there. To see the old reading alters with the manuscripts still attached with the original chains and the two keyed door that was also part of the original library, still standing just as they 550+yrs before; it was actually surreal to process. And the fact that I had it all to myself, (I lucked out as it was just me and the guide) made it all the more special! There is a large room adjacent to the library hall where some of the previous popes' personal collections as well as manuscripts from the early 1400s-1600s and old medical, botany, and other scientific books from the 15th century on, are encased. You can also walk around the enclosed bookcases and see some of the old books throughout the collection, which is extremely impressive! For me, however, the smell was the most intoxicating part of the whole experience. The smell in the ancient reading hall, and the smell in the book museum. That old, earthy blend of vellum, antique inks, and timeworn leathers was ethereal and well worth the 5 euro price of admission! I had specifically come to Cesena to visit this library and was only there for just over 2hrs as a detour on my way to Rome from Venice; it took me longer to travel there than time spent! But, it was so worth the visit to experience such a venerable and only humanistic-conventual link to the past. That, in and of itself, was worth the effort! Tip: Unless you are part of a pre-scheduled tour group, you will need to purchase a ticket and request a guide from one of the receptionists in the unmarked office behind the wood door immediately to your right as you come up the stairs to the second floor.
Amazing! Go around sunset if you can the atmosphere is surreal you can almost imagine what it was like when it was opened.
Sadia JoulhashWonderful place! Staff friendly and always helpful. Delicate climate and always quiet. Include all titles of books and movies imaginable! Is both "modern". The Museum with the thumbnails is fantastic! Impressive is the world's smallest book!show original
Dorina Piacevole ArtistaI want to be down below where there are the frescoes for children ... is more peaceful and quiet.show original
Gianmario MengozziCourtesy, ambience, silenceshow original
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