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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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  • This is one of those places that you go and will not let you indifferent. This library should visit unquestionably in a visit to Coimbra. It is the only place in the University that are marked by hours to enter, so it never accumulates too many people and you can peacefully enjoy the visit. As soon as you enter the library can not help but admire every corner of it: walls completely filled with ancient books, loaded with ornaments and forms golden Baroque columns, huge wooden tables... One of the aspects that aroused more curiosity was the existence of bats that live in the place (although the day is not seen) and that are responsible for protecting the bicheria books and, at the same time, so that droppings do not damage furniture, have them to cover every night with fur blankets. Once you enter into the library going down two floors. In the penultimate, there is an exhibition of some books of the time, and at last you can see the cells that were used as punishment to students of the time (which in turn were Roman remains). The price of admission to it I don't remember exactly, since I pay 12 euros for a ticket that allowed you to enter all dependencies (including library). Certainly, no one can miss this place.
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  • One of the remarkable and original Baroque libraries in Europe. There are worlds with thousands of works and folios, which are to visit in a room filled of beauty and exoticism in the Biblioteca Joanina. Admission costs €10 eta and is always worth it.
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  • The library on campus is a tourist highlight in Coimbra. She can be visited only through guided tours, but often take place. You have to buy the tickets in the adjacent new library.
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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.