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Praca da Porta Ferrea | Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra 3000-447, Portugal
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 16 July 2018

I visited here on a three part ticket, valid for a day for 12 Euros. I think this good value for money considering the cost of other attractions across Europe. A must for history buffs, book buffs, art buffs and anyone who appreciates the emergence...More

3  Thank Nicola-Jane-Brown
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 15 October 2017

We queued for nearly an hour to pay €12 each for a 4-part ticket to university attractions. The Royal Palace was dull and gloomy.The Chapel was closed because of weddings. The Science Museum was reminiscent of something from the 1960s, nothing like a modern, stimulating...More

4  Thank Martin W
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Your jaw will drop. Stunning, inspiring, breath-taking all in one. Indescribable. It brought tears to my eyes

Thank Jo L
Reviewed 6 days ago

This library is remarkable and is one of the most beautiful of the world. Once in Coimbra its mandatory.

Thank Eduardo Alberto X
Reviewed 6 days ago

We did the walking tour and it was wonderful. When we were done we just wandered around and finally found the way to get up to see the city views. These old books......just amazing how old they are. of course no photos allowed but that...More

Thank Arizona828
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just amazing to stand and see this beautiful library. Walking around the university and then going to this beautiful room puts the history of this important place in perspective.

Thank MARY M
Reviewed 1 week ago

The library which is like no other library that you will have ever seen. It was J K Rowling’s inspiration for the inside of Hogwarts.

Thank MBKOKent
Reviewed 1 week ago

A very interesting institute. The visit must be reserved in advance, so come early in the morning. We arrived at 9:00 and got a tour at 12:00 .

Thank Zeev A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well worth the wait to see this. You buy a ticket to tour the older part of the university and have a timed entry for the library as they limit the number of people for reasons of preserving the place. No photos allowed but that...More

Thank Ann Maureen O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You are allowed to visit two floor and spend 10 minutes on each before they sweep you back outside. That's 20 minutes in total, and exactly 18 minuted too much. And you can't take pictures. No one knows why. Perhaps the dusty old books would...More

Thank Plunkett07
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It’s a library, but also very old and architecturally amazing. Your ticket includes entrance to a few other places, and it specifies a time for you to see the library. Your visit is also limited to about 10 minutes, which is enough time to gaze...More

Thank afinetraveler
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You buy your tickets at the new library and have a timed entry to see the museum. While waiting there are two interiors to visit- also needing the ticket.

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