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Royal Library (Kongelige Bibliotek)

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Address: Soren Kierkegaards Pl. 1, Copenhagen, Denmark
Phone Number: 33-47-47-47
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: Yes
Description: Nicknamed the "Black Diamond" for its architectural profile, Copenhagen's...
Nicknamed the "Black Diamond" for its architectural profile, Copenhagen's Royal Library also functions as Denmark's national library and stacks for the University of Copenhagen. The building houses a cafe and bookshop, and hosts exhibitions and concerts. Entry to the library is free; public tours are offered on Saturdays at 3 p.m. for a fee.
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lovely exhibition

The building is very big, and I loved the free permanent exhibition of books. There was a copy of a Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri dating 1300 a.d. and two original manuscript... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 24, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The building is very big, and I loved the free permanent exhibition of books. There was a copy of a Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri dating 1300 a.d. and two original manuscript of Hans Christian Andersen (one was the Philosopher stone, the other I am not sure) and an original score by Bach! Also there were a free gallery of... More 

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Bergen, Hordaland, Norway
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I went to "The black diamond". I liked the exhibition in the ground floor, this time it was about fashion (in an artistic way) from Iceland, Faroe islands and Greenland.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

this learned peoples library is much more than that. Museums, cool cafe and gourmet restaurant. Its also a conference center and a concert hal, see Royal library calendar! On a sunny day you must choose between walking around the block enjoying the architecture, sitting in the back of it all in the Librarys intimate and quiet little park or at... More 

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Heidelberg, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Amazing views from inside and out. It is fantastic how they combined the old and new together. Architecture at its best. We sat on the lounge chairs outside and ate our picnic sandwiches. We also got some cool pictures of the boats passing by reflected in the glass windows of the library.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The royal library is one of my favorite spots in Copenhagen. I would come here even if I didn't have to study. On a warm day I would watercolor on the steps down to the water or in the gardens. I love the openness of the inside but often felt intimidated with how quiet it was.

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Moorestown, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

A beautiful marriage of old and new. Worth a look from the outside as well as the inside. I enjoyed seeing the library when college students were studying for final exams. The place was alive with activity. It was nice to walk around the inside. Bike parking was at a premium, though!

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Orangeville, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The library is a nice place to stop and enjoy a cup of coffee at the cafe there is also a beautiful view from the top floors and it's a nice building of old and new.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

great place to walk through and see the canal. nice exhibits also. interesting architecture makes the building great.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

The new "black diamond" part of the Royal Library is a spectacular piece of modern architecture right on the harbour. A great place to wander through with a very interesting exhibition of treasures from the library's collection. Good cafe for a light lunch. A relaxing place to have a break from sightseeing (or the rain!)

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San Francisco, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Simply stunning, sleek, futuristic library clad in black marble and glass---along Copenhagen's busy waterfront. The contrast with older buildings is a good planning lesson in the evolution of cities. The Black Diamond's interior is a spatial wonder--especially for a library. The beautiful high-tech details, rich materials and atrium are bathed with natural light. Seen through the dramatic glass wall are... More 

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