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Bibliotheca Alexandrina

El Shatby, Alexandria 30100, Egypt
+20 3 4203020
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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. A re-imagining of Alexandria's ancient Great Library, this gorgeously designed cultural center contains a host of museums as well as one of the modern world's most ambitious libraries. Its architecture - a giant sun disk - presides over the waterfront Corniche, while inside, a huge reading room can hold eight million volumes. Below themain library, visitors can explore a range of beautifully curated exhibitions. TheManuscript Museum with its magnificent collection of ancient texts and scrolls and the Antiquities Museum with its Graeco-Roman antiquities and statuary found during underwater exploration in the harbor are the two prime attractions. But there are also rotating art exhibitions, a permanent Egyptian folk art collection, and a Science Museum and Planetarium that are aimed squarely at children.
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El Shatby, Alexandria 30100, Egypt
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a stunningly modern building complex set against a palm-lined foreshore & beach backdrop, its strikingly appearance an architectural tribute to the original, ancient Library of Alexandria. Unfortunately the Bibliotheca wasn't open on the one full day we had to visit Alexandria. The building...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Architecturally this is a dramatic addition to Alexandria whether seen from across the bay or from inside. The internal exhibitions are worth the time to see, the echoes of earlier Egyptian styles are clever and it appears to be effective in its library function. There...More

Thank Patrick L
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

An apt successor of a historic library of Alexandria. Marvelous collection of books and material that is available for public. The beautiful building is modern and contemporary, situated beside the Mediterranean. A modem conference enter hosts presentations on wide ranging subjects. A must visit for...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had to walk a long way with my kids and wife to get there but once at the tickets office,surprisingly,none of us could enter because kids under 4 aren't accepted inside..it was the case for my 2,5 year son.The building from outside was an...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great place for kids .so many activitis beside books and musieums .modern place and modern teaching technology .

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The library is just not some collection of books but collection of time. 2 million books, art and the structure, just takes your breath away. Feel so lucky to be there. Just to think of that once stood the first library (well somewhere there) ....More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

it is definitely a Must see vast complex of three buildings; library, conference center and planetarium (Imax) 4 Museums, 14 art permanent exhibitions, and temporary art galleries Culturama (Cultural panoramic show about the Egyptian History; the 1st interactive 9 screens worldwide) Highly recommended to join...More

Thank Marwa Z
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I wasn't really sure what to expect at this famous library, but it was amazing! There are lots of exhibits on the lower levels that are worth checking out. There's a free tour that begins at the entrance which was greatly appreciated! Absolutely no food...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always very crowdy. Situated on the Corniche and overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Very interesting building: architectural and scientific. Plenty of place for people wanting to do some research. Inside different other smaller musea to be paid for seperately. Many book donated by France. Still in...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing cultural hub situated on the Alexandria Corniche overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Designed by Norwegian Architects from Snøhetta Arctiects Company,

Thank Andreas L
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esraaezzat
June 29, 2018|
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Response from Georgiou E | Reviewed this property |
Υou pay an entrance ticket if you are not local.
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Ahmed H
November 15, 2017|
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Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Fridays from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and Saturdays from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
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Marina A
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Response from fth0mps0n | Reviewed this property |
I do not know on June 25th if they open or not.
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