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Bibliotheca Alexandrina

Address: El Shatby | P.O. Box 138, Alexandria, Egypt
Phone Number: +(203) 4839999
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Ranked #1 of 59 things to do in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
Owner description: Located near the site of the ancient library of Alexandria, this modern version is an eleven-story...
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Type: Libraries, Traveler Resources
Owner description: 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

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 NEW

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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Gladstone, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

I am a book lover and to see just the outside was exhilarating but to walk within its walls was a privilege. It has carved on its outside pictograms, hieroglyphs and letters from every alphabet, evoking the diversity of knowledge. It opened in 2002 and cost $355million. There are thousands of books, a children and teen section, an immense digital... More 

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Alexandria, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

While you are in Alexandria, you must visit it, very clean, nice design, Architecture of building is interesting, pay extra fee to see the Museum .

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

The architecture of the building is very interesting, and I loved the decently sized Egyptian Museum inside. It also boasts a few mini museums such as the rare ancient scrolls museum.

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Biggest library in the world, stunning design, stunning collection. Would be a must see in Alexandria. Plus there are some collections like old printing machines which will be of Internet

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

A must see if in Alexandria. Also pay the small extra fee to see the Manuscript Museum with the library.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

For a place with so many people, it was really quiet inside. The architecture is stunning. The only negative was trying to find the guide to give a tour in English. In the end, I just walked around myself, which was just fine.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I had booked with Emo tours and enjoyed my tour with my guide but I must say that if you have seen one library you've seen them all. (I have certainly seen my share). The architecture is unique (when it was built) but now it is so-so. Would I recommend a tour? Not particularly but with my trip to Egypt... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

This is the amazing library in our world, realy you will love the way how the architects makes the natural lighting system from sky light around the book shelves and reading hall. Besides the quaintaty of valuable books we found

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