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. Add Biblioteca Joanina - Universidade de Coimbra and other attractions to your Coimbra trip itinerary using our Coimbra travel itinerary maker.
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  • As soon as you walk through the doors you can smell the books and you are struck by the sheer magnificence of the building. You are not allowed to take photos so you really focus on your immediate env...  more »
  • You should see if you are in this area...it is an amazing building with a collection of books from the 18th century...most books are in French but the setting and design are a must see  more »
  • Definitely worth the steep walk up the hill to see, great architecture and a view of the whole town below. If you want to go inside the library make sure to book in advance.  more »
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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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