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Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra

Categories: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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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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  • This is more than a "library" that must be seen to be believed. A splendid and majestic working library of superb museum quality. 
  • Who passes by Chen should pay a visit to the Biblioteca Joanina. Is a majestic library with a collection is exceptionally located.
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  • Running at the University visit equal to the library, and in time, the time facing the entrance, to the watch is limited
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  • 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
  • Amazing library! One of their est libraries in the world. The wood and the gold on the building was brought from Brazil during the Imperial time.
  • A wonderful place to visit in Coimbra.
  • Very beautiful library, the square has a nice view as well.
  • A Biblioteca Joanina é adornada com uma decoração barroca e abriga volumes da biblioteca que datam de antes de 1717. The ornate 1717 Biblioteca Joanina is a baroque fantasy of exotic carved wood, intricate arches, and gilded patterns. Be sure to look up to the ceiling for art by Antonio Simões Ribeiro and Vicente Nunes. And keep an eye out for the Chinese motifs on the gilded and lacquered wooden bookshelves. One of the most beautiful buildings in Coimbra’s university complex, it also has a darker side. It’s perhaps the only library with its own prison, where scholars and students were once confined (follow the steps down from the main floor). And at night, a small colony of resident bats comes out from behind a painting to feast on manuscript-munching pests. Hours vary.
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