Biblioteca Joanina, Coimbra

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Browse a collection of 250,000 volumes, some dating back to 1750, at Biblioteca Joanina, a rich European library. The older works are difficult to preserve because of their fragile papers, but the site uses both modern technology and ancient techniques to maintain them--including hosting a colony of live bats, which eat bibliophagic insects and woodworms. Walk through three rooms of the library, adorned with decorative arches, painted ceiling murals, and gilded shelves carved out of tropical wood. Take a guided tour and learn about the history of the institution. To visit Biblioteca Joanina on your holiday in Coimbra, and find out what else Coimbra has to offer, use our Coimbra.
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  • While it's a beautiful place to visit, but that's where I met first not-so-nice people in Portugal. Rushed in and out, we ended up with 2 huge groups and zero considerations were given that we...  more »
  • So this a highlight of Coimbra. But... The tickets can not be purchases at the place, you need to do that at a shop fare away, or online. The place is not well organized and me and my friend needed...  more »
  • Beautiful and interesting. But who the hell were Jaime and Alberto, we never worked it out. No Stephenie Meyer books, go elsewhere for your twilight needs.
  • Excelent. That s our identity.

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