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Biblioteca Joanina - Universidade de Coimbra

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“ancient books”(23 reviews)
Praca da Porta Ferrea, Coimbra 3000-447, Portugal
+351 239 242 744
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Reviewed 6 days ago

The visit to the old university and the Library is very nice. Gives you a Harry Potter feeling. Students also walk around with robes! Lines can be long and waiting time for the Library visit can take time. Views are also very nice.

Thank Neri L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The bats are how the library deals with the bugs that would have long ago eaten the old books, but during the day, when the tours take place, they’re safely asleep. The library as a wonderful old medieval atmosphere about it, books and enormous oak...More

Thank AlexFromJerusalem
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were there in Oct with a tour group which helped with the lines since only one group can enter at a time. Spectacular library.

Thank buckeye500
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This beautiful library is certainly worth a visit. Admission is in groups of about twenty with a guide. The guide was very informative. If you are in Coimbra don’t miss this amazing place.

Thank 30Annemarie16
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most impressive man-made anythings I have ever seen anywhere. It absolutely helped that Oscar from Viewpoint tours guided us through this incredible place. But even just to stand in it and admire the library from a purely aesthetic point is quite the...More

Thank wendyurquia
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

They tell you no flash, but what they really mean is no photos! Even before that they were very rude upon entry. The library is beautiful but not worth the abuse!

Thank Explorer27625411697
Reviewed 1 November 2018 via mobile

Great library, the golden leaf detailing is extraordinary! One the best yet small niche libraries across the world. Certainly worth a visit!

Thank paulopatrao73
Reviewed 30 October 2018

Yes the Library is amazing as well as the collection of old books. It is very crowded and there are no pictures. Not sure how you could do a whole day tour here.

Thank RoBertie
Reviewed 29 October 2018

A cannot miss destination in the heart of Coimbra University . Waiting times can be long and the visits very controlled and brief but the chance to see this beautiful and inspiring collection of books in a unique architectural setting is an opportunity of a...More

Thank Kevin K
Reviewed 19 October 2018

Well worth the time to visit and tour. Many of the Harry Potter buildings and ideas came from this university. The old library is wonderful. Take a guided tour, you will learn so much.

Thank Paul T
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12 June 2016|
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Response from Javi_Varela | Reviewed this property |
9 euros (in March 2016) The ticket includes: Parts of the University (main building), the chapel of St. Miguel and the Library
26 April 2016|
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Response from Echodularge | Reviewed this property |
You should not have to pre book. Arrive earlier and look for the ticket office at the University entrance. The library is close to ticket office within the walls of the old university. As you certainly know, the... More
26 September 2015|
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Response from KerrikAustralia | Reviewed this property |
Hi , we also bought a ticket to the library at the Uni, and were allocated a time, you are in a group, we had to wait about an hour, but there is plenty to see to fill in the time while waiting. They only let a certain... More