Biblioteca Joanina - Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra

Categories: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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4.6/5 based on 2,200+ reviews on the web
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. Add Biblioteca Joanina - Universidade de Coimbra and other attractions to your Coimbra trip itinerary using our Coimbra travel itinerary maker.
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  • The library is Sensational. I'm suspect to talk because I love libraries, but if you're in or near Coimbra, worth the visit. But I leave already warned you can't take pictures. So it's good to put in the balance if you're really willing to pay an entrance fee.
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  • Did this as part of a tour of the University. Worth it, although it is a self guided tour - so you need to read the brochure to understand the significance. 
  • A true Pearl in Coimbra. The biblioteca Joanina exudes History. View and be able to smell those books is a wonder! Visit required!
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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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