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“exquisite, over the top decor”

Biblioteca Joanina - Universidade de Coimbra
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Ranked #1 of 85 things to do in Coimbra
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Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“exquisite, over the top decor”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

This library was originally part of a royal collection; its fittings are totally sumptuous and well worth the extra fee and wait to visit. You will be able to see the lovely courtyard and chapel as well as other rooms during your visit.

Visited December 2013
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“Outstanding”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

Opens every 20 minutes... long line. More than 300,000 books. Really interesting place to visit. Tough to get there but certainly worth it

Visited December 2013
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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“Stunning Library in Charming Coimbra”
Reviewed January 7, 2014

This library reminds me of the library in Beauty and the Beast. There are shelves of books from the floor to the ceiling and it is absolutely amazing. They don't let you take pictures in the library, but that helps you to just concentrate on how truly beautiful a sight it is. Below the library they have a bookstore and a couple prison cells. I guess hundreds of years ago they used to jail students briefly if they misbehaved. The admission to the library was combined with the price to see the other buildings and it wasn't expensive at all. It was definitely worth the price. They provide audio guides as well and limit the number of people who can enter the library so you are never getting crowded out of a space.

Visited September 2013
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São Paulo
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“One of the most amazing places i've ever seen in my life”
Reviewed January 2, 2014

A must go place!!! The most amazing library in the world! Definetly worth seeing. You feel like in a movie.

Visited December 2013
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porto alegre,brasil
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“Outstanding”
Reviewed December 29, 2013 via mobile

Astonishing visit,never seeing a library like that,deeply recomend
Worth to go to coimbra.worth to visit all ancient university

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