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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
+20 3 4203020
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Reviewed 6 days ago

After you are exhausted with temples and ancient antiquities, this place is just the opposite. Modern, technical, air-conditioned - the library is actually several buildings linked by underground galleries. The library of books and the huge reading room are what you might expect, but there...More

Thank Andy F
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have visited numerous countries and it was at the top of the list in awe factor......It was one of my favorite locations and was absolutely breathtaking to see the architecture.

Thank ColeJonesTraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the biggest library in the world & one of the oldest library in the history ... with the new technology to find what ever u want to read ... a place any one visit alexandria must visit...

Thank ahmednehad99
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

make sure you take the guided tours which give you an introduction to the library..starts at 1015 am in English and then every 45 mins or so...that helps you to make your way thru this massive library..very tourist friendly... a lil cold so do carry...More

Thank BJayraj
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a major library and cultural center located on the shore of the Mediterranean Sea in the Egyptian city of Alexandria.The main library (may hold up to millions of books Six specialized libraries] The Arts and Multimedia Library The Taha Hussein Library for the...More

Thank mona551950
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A guided tour helps you appreciate how much there is to see in this library, including advancements in technology that is making access to these records via the web. Find the time to visit, you could easily spend a few hours even before checking a...More

Thank codym481
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Still a great place to visit, one of the top destinations in Alexandria, the conference hall is great and well equipped.

Thank mittle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Covering a wide range of interests in arts, history and humanities, this library and the associated amenities next to it are worth allocating time to. Would highly recommend as a key part to anyone visiting Alexandria with family, friends or even alone.

Thank Saher H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

C'mon! Who had the vision to create the 1st library in human history in human antiquity. Visit the Biblioteca and get the answers yourself! A new and architecturally stunning structure that is still a library has been built over the original. It's an educational marvel....More

Thank Jack L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I begin my review with a quote by Saint Augustine “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” I could write pages after pages extolling the features of the Library, such an impressive an edifice it is, but...More

Thank pravana_10
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Marina A
Please is it opened in this feast on 25 june 2017 and when does the working hours start ? and hw much the ticket for an adult
24 June 2017|
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Response from Tarek O | Reviewed this property |
Sorry am not aware Plz check the library site bibalex org
Our cruise ship is offering an excursion to the Alexandria Library. How long could I expect the visit to be in the Library itself? Will the 3 additional museums in this Library be included in a cruise ship excursion?
12 March 2015|
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Response from PedallingPilgrims | Reviewed this property |
We got taken around in a tour which took 45minutes, and then we explored the library for another half hour - but we could have stayed for a few more. It depends how interested you are. There are plenty of other things close... More
(1) If you travel from the Alexandria criuse terminal to Bibliotheca Alexandrina, what form of transportation did you use? (2) If you used public transportation, did a lot of people bothered you (such as wanting to be your guide, asking you to take a taxi, or asking for money) before you get into the bus or tram? (3) If you used public transportation, is the tram or bus stop just right outside of the cruise terminial? (4) If you used a taxi, how much was it? What is an offical taxi look like? (5) If you used a taxi, was it easy to find a taxi returning to the cruise terminal?
21 February 2015|
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Response from KATHLEENgREECE | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous comments. The best way to get there is by taxi but bargain the price before you get in. I would say 30egp would be a fair price. If you have time, do visit the Museum of Alexandria. It is a... More