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Biblioteca Angelica, Rome

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  • Thanks to Fai, the visit to the St. Augustine complex in Campo Marzio was one of the most beautiful experiences of recent years. It encompasses in itself, between sacred and profane, profoundly different realities and all of great depth. Like the State Attorney General, whose seat, within the former Augustinian convent, preserves works of art of absolute value. But it is the Angelica, the first public library in Italy with a rich heritage, that has left us astonished. From ground to sky, all the walls of the great hall are filled with books: Latin, Greek and Eastern manuscripts, incunabula, five hundred, very rare engravings and maps, carefully guarded to pass on science and know to future generations. In an adjoining room, the texts that escaped the fire are preserved because they are considered heretics by the church. It is easy to identify them, they are poured on the back with a sword and a cross.
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  • Its name comes from an Augustinian bishop, Angelo Rocca, collector of valuable editions. At the end of the 16th century, he entrusted his collection of books (about 20,000) to the brothers of the convent of Sant'Agostino. The library has been enriched over time by donations and acquisitions. To date, it has about 200,000 volumes, including more than 100,000 from the 15th to the 19th century. His reading room is definitely worth a visit!
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  • Intrigued by the previous comments and waiting for the church of St. Augustine to open, I decided to visit this library (public and therefore free) and I was fascinated! It is a lovely jewel for the architectural aesthetics and for the warmth that emanates through the skilful play of the shelves that envelop the visitor. I was going to be there all day, but... Rome called me and his is an exclusive love. But I'll definitely be back on the next trip.
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  • Amazing library. Just a few meters from piazza Navona.
  • Public library in Rome. It is located in front of the Piazza Sant'Angostino square. It is one of the oldest ones, established by Angelo Rocca by year 1604 and it is part of the over 45 libraries. It holds over 200,000 books, manuscripts.
  • This the second time I lost 2 hours to get here to study to find out it’s close for a conference. Well please bother change the online dates then that said it’s open!!
  • As a tourist, happy we came to check it out and came early. We were only tourists there at 9am. Won't take you more than five minutes to peek in and wonder what all those super old books are about!
  • An old Library Italians use that they will let you peep at. Interesting interior that's fun to see, like a mediocre (for Rome) Church, but happily, for a change, not a Church, and with the refreshing decoration of walls full of mysterious old tomes instead of pious Saints. Plus, what are all those people at the tables studying? At a glance this library does not carry any books published after 1850 or so. I wish my library had a bit of this. We've stopped carrying anything published before 2012. Very much not worth a trip of any kind, and yet totally worth the five minutes if you just happen to be passing by (and Caravaggio fans might as it's next to Church of St. Augustine with its Madonna of the Pilgrims).
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