Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria

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Absorb the blend of ancient history and modern knowledge at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, an important library and strikingly designed cultural complex. Built in honor of the historically significant 3rd-century BCE library of the same name--whose burning represents an immense loss to contemporary cultural knowledge--the modern institution was inaugurated in 2002 with backing from UNESCO. Designed to resemble a rising sun, the library complex aspires to be a bastion of knowledge and learning like its ancient predecessor. Explore the entire complex, which includes four museums, gallery spaces for permanent and temporary exhibits, and a planetarium. Arrange to visit Bibliotheca Alexandrina and other attractions in Alexandria using our Alexandria journey planner.
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  • The New Library of Alexandria, located in the coastal town of the same name on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt, was created in order to restore the spirit of what was the original Alexandria Library, which was the most representative of the ancient world. According to information from their current promoters they estimate that it is almost impossible to know precisely how many papyri were had at any given time, but estimates are in the order of a maximum of 400,000. The Library was reportedly burned by Julius Caesar around 48 BC. Your visit is guided after web registration at least two days in advance, offered in Arabic, English and French, but not in Spanish; you can go through not only the reading rooms but the speciality rooms, multimedia, in the end leave free time for a good photography session.
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  • Another on my to do list and I wasn't disappointed. The tour in English was included in the entrance fee whoch was very informative ranging from the history of the library to the work they are doing t...  more »
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  • Amazing and beautiful library! There is so much history related to this location and I fully recommend visiting here if you are in Alexandria! The price is a little higher than I expected but it was still within reason. If you are just going to see the library, there are some locations which are off limits (but are not marked as so) and this can cause confusion. However, overall it is excellent as a place to visit and also likely one of the best locations in the world to find any book you wish to read on any subject! You could spend your life reading and learning here!
  • Tremendous library! It was reborn on October 2002 to reclaim the mantle of its ancient namesake. It is not just an extraordinarily beautiful building; it is also a vast complex where the arts, history, philosophy, and science come together. Moreover, the myriad activities it offers have made it a place for open discussion, dialogue, and understanding. The BA has four museums: the Sadat Museum (dedicated to the memory of the late President Sadat), the Antiquities Museum, the Manuscripts Museum, and the History of Science Museum.
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