Biblioteca Joanina - Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra

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Browse a collection of 250,000 volumes, some dating back to 1750, at Biblioteca Joanina - Universidade de Coimbra, a rich European library. The older works are difficult to preserve because of their fragile papers, but the site uses both modern technology and ancient techniques to maintain them--including hosting a colony of live bats, which eat bibliophagic insects and woodworms. Walk through three rooms of the library, adorned with decorative arches, painted ceiling murals, and gilded shelves carved out of tropical wood. Take a guided tour and learn about the history of the institution. Put Biblioteca Joanina - Universidade de Coimbra on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Coimbra trip planner.
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  • Library with much charm, although it is a pity not let you take photos during the trip inside!
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  • Is one of the many jewels of the city and its University: all the escolas is worth the trip and requires at least a one-day visit. The monumental library is small compared to those of Florence but is a riot of Baroque jam-packed with decorations and incredible detail
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  • Splendid library, not huge but immaculately maintained and visually striking. You can't take pictures
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  • Great students library
  • The University of Coimbra General library is the central library of the University of Coimbra.
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Indulge in the medieval splendor of Coimbra by booking a hotel in the city's historical hilltop and hillside central area, which is home to the majority of its hotels and guesthouses. By staying right in the middle of the Old Town, you'll have medieval monasteries, Renaissance homes, and Baroque halls right at your doorstep. You'll also be within walking distance of the city's famed university complex. Alternatively, try staying in one of the center's youth hostels, which offer shared rooms, lockers, breakfast, and a comfortable bed at a fraction of the cost of an upscale hotel. These accommodations also give you a good base from which you can experience the city's student-fueled nightlife. To get away from the mainstream tourist center a bit, opt for a hotel or bed and breakfast in the quieter residential neighborhoods east of the university.
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