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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  • One becomes tired of climbing slopes and stairs, but when you enter and see the Faculty of law and the huge Gallery on U with stunning views of the city reminded me of Versailles in France. And the library is impressive.
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  • Single library, for beauty and sumptuousness. Recommend a visit. Even those who do not appreciate libraries must go see is because it is a work of art
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  • Both the architectural and decorative point of view of the Baroque era, the arquivístivo and documentary heritage preserved, the library's treasure! And there are the bats.
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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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