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Adrian Y wrote a review Jun 2020
Leiden, The Netherlands510 contributions131 helpful votes
The chained library is open only to short tours with a guide. Very rare piece of history - both in the building and in the books - that was well explained. For just a few Euros - for church and library this is definitely worth a visit
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Date of experience: June 2020
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momdiplume wrote a review Feb 2020
Winston Salem, North Carolina25 contributions7 helpful votes
If you are at all interested in historic libraries, this is a place you must go! First of all, you will enjoy the wonderful architecture in Zutphen as you are making your way to the St. Walburgis Church. Once there, you must purchase a ticket for the library which also entitles you to a lovely tour of the church. My tour group was small - three women passionate about books and history - and the tour guide shared our enthusiasm. Once inside the library area, she really brought the story to life - one interesting fact was that it wasn’t quiet in there because people were proud that they could read, so they would read out loud to demonstrate their prowess. I felt very emotional upon thinking how hard it would be to want to know more about the world, literature, the arts and yet have so few opportunities to acquire this knowledge. This was truly a memorable experience for me.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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beegal wrote a review Sep 2019
Iowa City, Iowa106 contributions25 helpful votes
We were lucky to join a tour in which the guide spoke English (she also continued in Dutch for the other person on the tour) to see the chained library. No photographs or touching is allowed, so it's nice that they have a chained facsimile of the Copernicus book outside the library that can be touched. The tour is perhaps 20 minutes in the library, and you may spend another hour or more in the adjacent church.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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PRINSEZA Pheng wrote a review Sep 2019
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Amazing art! We went here last world press photo exhibition and every arts we've seen inside we're mesmerised
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Date of experience: August 2019
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John A wrote a review Aug 2019
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Without using a time machine you can step back centuries into a room where the public were allowed to read books (which were rare and expensive in those days). The ancient heavy tomes are chained to the reading lecterns, almost like dangerous magic books might be at Hogwarts. Visits are with a guide who gives a knowledgeable insight into it's history and use.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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