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Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra
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The Joanina Library is the Baroque library of the University of Coimbra, built in the 18th century during the reign of the Portuguese King João V . It is located in upper Coimbra, the university historic centre, near the university tower, and is part of University of Coimbra General Library.Over the entrance door, the library exhibits the national coat of arms. Inside, there are three great rooms divided by decorated arches, bearing the same style as the portal and entirely executed by Portuguese artists. The walls are covered by two storied shelves, in gilded or painted exotic woods; the painted ceilings, by the Lisbon artists Simões Ribeiro and Vicente Nunes, blend harmoniously with the rest of the decoration. The library contains about 250 thousand volumes, namely works of medicine, geography, history, humanistic studies, science, civil and canon law, philosophy and theology. It is a National Monument and has a priceless historical value being one of the main tourist attractions among the older monuments belonging to the university.
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  • When visiting the University of Coimbra, do visit this ancient library. The visit, repeated every hour but has limited number of visitors per group. Curiosity: how and who cleans the entire collection?
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  • This is ma library of the world's most splendid indeed! The interior environment is magical. Transports you into an atmosphere of knowledge.
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  • The library is something indescribable. A walk that can not miss the people who go to Coimbra. Its structure, history and collection are spectacular!
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  • Impressive, but no photos allowed and lack of English information about the exhibit requiring to pay the extra cost for a guided or audio tour.
  • It's beautiful but very expensive given only 15 mins is allowed and no photos taking allowed even without flash at such a high entrance fee.
  • A very old and beautiful library.
  • Absolute feeling of paper surrounding the visitor overwhelming all senses within middle age smelling a kind of "Latin letter alphabet presence", clergy endeavours in ancients Greek idioms from Thessaloniki Macedonian Spartan Rhodesian and Athenians dialects created!!! Whole bunch of nonsensical dithyrambs invented as time goes by, flawless bullshit by the way, who's not easy to achieve!!! Seriously, very impressive collection of ancient writings, clerical and historical as oldest Iberian literature in Portuguese old Latin, Spanish Italian even French and Ancient Greek. Well arranged properly disposed and quite good explained, a miracle in these countries, where organisation is a vocable that seems to be absent of dictionaries and mostly important from use. Nice to visiting and enjoy it as it is.... Bibliothecae or libraries...... P.S. Very interesting manuscripts
  • Fantastic old library! This is a place you must visit if you're visiting Coimbra.