Biblioteca Joanina

Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra: Hours, Address, Biblioteca Joanina Reviews: 4.5/5

Biblioteca Joanina
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Malgorzata
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Incredible place
Jul 2020
The library is impressive, although the truly consists of only three rooms, the tour of which takes a few minutes. It is an 18th-century library located in the Paco das Escolas of the University of Coimbra. Incredible place. It represents a distinctly baroque style and it considered one of the most original and spectacular European baroque libraries. A ot of old manuscripts and amazing decorations. The library is really impressive, both the book collection and the equipment itself. A beautiful place.
Written April 8, 2021
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Vadim
Murmansk, Russia20,754 contributions
No photo, no flipping, no reading! Expensive library of solid bans.
Feb 2020
The library named after its founder is one of the oldest in Europe. Its construction began in 1717, by decree of King John V. The building was created in the then popular Baroque style, and has 3 large halls in the colors of the traffic light: green, red and gold. The author of this splendor is the architect and decorator João Carvalho Ferreira. António Simões Ribeiro and Vicente Nunes painted beautiful frescoes on the ceiling. The library is fighting for the right to be called the most beautiful in Europe (and in the world?), but it has many competitors. Even the ones I've been to the Escorial Library and the library of the Duchess Amalia can compete for primacy. I am already silent about the Apostolic Library of the Vatican, in which, however, an ordinary tourist will not be allowed. Anyone who has a library knows that books have two enemies: humidity and insects.The library does not deal with them in the latest ways, but in the old ones. The vault door is made of teak, like ships in the Middle Ages. The walls of all the rooms of the library are covered with old wooden shelves made of oak by the Italian carver Francesco Gualdini. Oak is known to harden over time and is not in the teeth of bugs. For insects that survived the collision with the shelves, bats are intended. They are released at night, during the tour you will not see them, otherwise it would be like in a Harry Potter movie. Bats not only solve the problem, but also create, so in the morning the library is cleaned of their droppings. They are launched into the library in groups of 25 people led by a guide. You can not be late in any case. The task of the guide is to make sure that no photos are taken. The absurd ban is strictly enforced, but tourists still take photos. The ban on photos with xenon flashes from which premature aging and fading of paints occurs is clear. The Escorial Library, by the way, turned the books with their spines inside. The Joanin library chose to ban completely, without differentiating. Clearly, the legacy of an authoritarian tradition. From the Catholic Inquisition to Salazar, whose spirit probably wanders along the bookshelves with bats...The Escorial Library, by the way, turned the books with their spines inside. The Joanin library chose to ban completely, without differentiating. Clearly, the legacy of an authoritarian tradition. From the Catholic Inquisition to Salazar, whose spirit probably wanders along the bookshelves with bats... Of course, the best library for me is one in which I can climb the shelves myself or, in extreme cases, order books and read in the reading room. Nothing compares to this indescribable feeling when flipping through the pages of thick folios. However, you are a tourist in this library. You pay 12 euros for just looking, but not flipping or reading. And do it all quickly!
Written January 6, 2021
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,576 contributions
Absolutely unmissable at any visit to the Universidade de Coimbra!
Jan 2020
The awesome library of the "Universidade de Coimbra", known as "Biblioteca Joanina", was built between 1717 and 1728. It honors the memory of the Portuguese King Dom João V, sponsor of its construction. "Biblioteca Joanina" is a masterpiece of the Portuguese Baroque style and is considered one of the richest libraries in the whole world. The very first books started arriving in 1750 and its collection has now over 55,000 titles. It is extremely beautiful and absolutely unmissable at any visit to the "Universidade de Coimbra". A true landmark! Enjoy!
Written December 14, 2020
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StevenMaes
Strombeek-Bever, Belgium9 contributions
Nice place, but small
Sep 2020 • Solo
Very nice library, would have been better if a bit more explanation would have been given. They have the QR codes but within the little amount of time you get you can’t read every detail
Written September 27, 2020
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Lily R
Quebec, Canada14 contributions
Stunning
Sep 2020
One of the most beautiful thing i have seen in Coimbra!! Very rich and old library. Worth the 10 Euro for the visit. The visit is very short though but still think book lovers need to see this.
Written September 24, 2020
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Sifster
Hoofddorp, The Netherlands27 contributions
Tour in the Joanina Library
Sep 2020 • Solo
A great library, too bad it is not used as one anymore. Would have loved to spend a few hours reading.
Written September 10, 2020
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Aleph_999
Salamanca, Spain670 contributions
Wonderful place
Aug 2020
This is a wonderful place, as some other special libraries around the world. Marvelous estipites (columns with the shape of an inverted cone or obelisk giving a sense of air) are the key, in my opinion. The place is magical and the University wold be worth a visit only for this place. The prison is closed due to Covid-19 pandemic
Written August 23, 2020
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Maria N
Salisbury, UK38 contributions
Beautiful
Aug 2020
Much more interesting on a guided tour, it is beautiful but I also got useful information. I learnt about the history and had things pointed out.
Written August 21, 2020
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TripRabbit
Virginia239 contributions
More stunning in person than in any photo
Mar 2020
You have heard all the superlatives, but there are really no words to describe this incredible and truly awesome library. We went in early March, and there were no lines to speak of, but it is easy to see why they can become quite long during peak visitor times. We hired a guide through gowalksportugal.com, and she, like others, already had the timed tickets on hand to make the best use of your valuable time. If you are visiting Coimbra, this is simply one that you do not want to miss.
Written June 21, 2020
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Ivo Carneiro De Sousa
Macau, China146 contributions
The Glamour of Gold Baroque
Aug 2019
This magnificent University Library was built in the first decades of the 18th century when the early arrivals of gold from Brazil turned John the V in one of the richest kings in the world. It is, therefore, gold baroque that dominates the Library large bookshelves, ceilings, and arches with the royal symbols. The tour is relatively fast since visitors can only have a panoramic glance of the bibliographic richness of the Library. We see olf books, some with beautiful covers, but then we don't know much about these books even when you ask about it to the tour guide. The visit would be more impressive and educative if the Library becomes displaying to the visitors a set of its main bibliographic treasures.
Written March 13, 2020
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