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Address: El Shatby | P.O. Box 138, Alexandria 30100, Egypt
Phone Number: +(203) 4839999
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Description: Located near the site of the ancient library of Alexandria, this modern...
Located near the site of the ancient library of Alexandria, this modern version is an eleven-story, cylindrical-shaped building that houses more than eight million books.
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Great fun for a book nerd!

My husband could not wait to get out of this place but I absolutely loved it. A beautiful building with an amazing feel about it.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

My husband could not wait to get out of this place but I absolutely loved it. A beautiful building with an amazing feel about it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

this modern building was created on what is almost certainly the original site of the alexandria library, the oldest and most complete library in the world and in history until something like the 17th or 18th century.

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Riverdale, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

If you make the trip up to Alexandria from Cairo this library is a must see attraction. The architecture is amazing as well the exhibits. The library also houses advanced computer technology and printing. Guided tours are available. As one of the world's largest libraries, it was a great to see firsthand.

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Cairo, Al Qahirah, Egypt
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

We didn't get the chance to go inside because we have to pay 100 pounds, I think, per head to enter the library.

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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

There are small museum/exhibitions inside that are wonderful. My favorite was the manuscript museum. The museum itself is modern as it has burned more than once but it is still worth the trip. I recommend taking the time to walk around to the various floor and corners where there are treasures tucked away.

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Bahrain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

When in Alexandria, you have to visit the new library building: it is the largest reading space in the world. Alexandria’s ancient library was one of the greatest of all classical institutions, and while replacing it might seem a Herculean task, the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina manages it with aplomb.This impressive piece of modern architecture is a deliberate attempt to rekindle... More 

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Springbrook, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Well worth a visit if the least bit interested in literature or the functioning of modern libraries. It has been a few years since we visited the facility and I hope the somewhat recent strife in Egypt has not disrupted operations here. By all means stop, you will be impressed as we were.

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Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

An amazing experience to see a library of this planning. Very well maintained and efficient tour guides to the library. You are explained so well about each and every aspect of the library. The library is filled with natural light. The view from the top is spectacular. Around the library premises are other attractions like Museums, Exhibition of paintings and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

In Egypt this center of culture is fabulous. But if you've been in other similar places, it's not so wow. Also due to security reasons you can't walk or sit where you'd like, the queuing, museum also had closed rooms without explanation, etc... maybe my expectations where to high. By the way, don't miss the small but very well curated... More 

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is a must see in Alex. Don't miss it wonderful culture and a great selection of books, the building design is WOW! WOW!

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