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Luis Angel Arango Library

Address: Calle 11 No. 4-14, Bogota, Colombia
Phone Number: (571) 343 12 24
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Ranked #7 of 110 Attractions in Bogota
Type: Libraries, Cultural
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Medellin, Colombia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Take advantage of this library in the heart of historic Bogotá. Close to Plaza Bolivar, the Botero museum, and other wonderful places to check out. The library has an exhibit of black and white photos of Bogotá in the 1930s, 40s and 50s by Foto Sady, a famous photographer from Bogotá. He was the last photographer to photograph Gaitan before... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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124 reviews 124 reviews
50 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile

The library complex is enormous, full of intellectual entertainment. There is also a nice cafe Diletto (espresso for 1900). There are computers with (slow) internet and book stalls with special discount prices.

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Sao Paulo, SP
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

If you think this is only a library, forget about it. You will enter a beautiful gallery with a lot of work of art and big and luminous spaces.

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53 reviews 53 reviews
35 attraction reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

There was an exhibition here by a local photojournalist with historical pictures of Bogota. We really enjoyed this exhibition as well as made use of the free internet.

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Bogota, Colombia
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81 reviews 81 reviews
38 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

If you like chamber music, come here. The hall's acoustics are the best in the city and the seats are like sitting in First Class. The library also hosts many fine exhibits in addition to having the largest book collection in the country. Great views of the city on the top level.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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26 reviews 26 reviews
16 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

This a huge library. Most tourists are not likely to be in Bogota to sit in a library to read but a visit here can be informative. There is an interesting exhibit about the economic ups and downs of Colombia. There are also temporary exhibits. In December of 2013 there was one about the history of the Swiss in Colombia.

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
19 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

With over 1 million books, this is probably the largest museum in Central America. But it is not just about books. It's a lively center of culture and the arts for the community, with a gorgeous concert hall, music rehearsal rooms, a games room, open computers, and many places to meet, read, talk, or just reflect. If you want to... More

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Barichara, Colombia
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

what i like the most about this library is definitely the concerts that it offers all year around - the best groups from all over the world play in this beautifully designed hall. If you are in Bogota, check their program and make sure you book in advance because unfortunately it is a small venue.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Great library with an incredible selection of books. Fine bookstore at the entrance. Don't miss the view from the sixth floor, you have to take the elevator to the top floor. It's one of the best views of the Candelaria. The concert series is the best chamber music series, for my money, in Bogotá.

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Bogota, Colombia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013 via mobile

We were just around, in the main bogota plaza to be exact, and we had nothing to do. We went up the street and ended up here. It is indeed just a library but what one has to look at is around it. The colonial streets compared to this modern construction. We went up to last floor and played some... More

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