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Bibliotheca Alexandrina

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Address: El Shatby, 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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a must visit place

A great spot to visit in Alexandria do not miss going in to the library and checking the rare books also the cafe' by the side is great

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Cairo Governorate, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

A great spot to visit in Alexandria do not miss going in to the library and checking the rare books also the cafe' by the side is great

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Very educative place including: President Sadat Museum, including the vest in which he was assassinated. Shady Abdel Salam Sketch museum, Alexandria special draws. No kids are allowed in these small museums! Facing the Mediterranean sea with a very special building ( sun rising structure)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Nice attraction, however children under 6 trough 12 years of age are not allowed in the library, except if they go as part of a tour. Children younger than 6 are not allowed at all in the library.

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Cairo, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

My family and I enjoyed the visit. It was educational and informative. Strongly recommend visiting this institution.

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Saw 4 amazing exhibits here...plus some artifacts...all for the entry price...... The grounds are spectacular withsome great installations and sculptures.....and the external of the building is stunning granite from Aswan.....beautiful

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

The new library is massive! There were levels upon levels inside the building. It was quite impressive to visit. Keep in mind that like most tourism buildings in Egypt there are bag checks/ no bags allowed inside. There are lockers right next to where you purchase tickets...for some reason I noticed mostly women are asked to leave their bags outside,... More 

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

could be a fantastic place to take the children however there were many places they weren't allowed therefore myself and my husband could not see them which was frustrating as this was one of the main reasons for choosing Alex as our holiday destination

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

It is one of the oldest library an icon of civilization. That is really impressive with a selection of museums. They have guided tours in different languages. The guide we took named Mai was outspoken and knowledgeable. We as well as the kids aged 12 & 6 enjoyed the tour very much. Ensure to deposit any bags at the lockers... More 

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Alexandria, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

An excellent place to visit in Alexandria that you must not miss. You will see a library with international standards and considered one of the best libraries in the middle-east area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

It was a really great to visit the library, great design, very big, lots to see, you will need at least 3 hours early to see it and it's museums

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