Biblioteca Pública de Évora

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Biblioteca Pública de Évora

Biblioteca Pública de Évora
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Bonnie S
Chilliwack, Canada1,477 contributions
First floor
Mar 2019 • Couples
We missed going to the second floor which holds most of the material. I'm not sure if it's open on Sunday, but if it is I think we are going back for another visit.
Written 23 March 2019
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Bobita43
Richmond Hill, Canada41 contributions
What you don't see everyday
Oct 2018 • Couples
We love books. So we entered the Evora public library more out of curiosity. Surprise! Second floor surrounds you with books from 14th and 15th century - they have older, but not for public, only research. Amazing!
Written 21 October 2018
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA11,176 contributions
Lovely Library
Nov 2017 • Couples
Several beautiful rooms here, and apparently lots of rare books. A couple of silent reading rooms. Beautiful building. Free.
Written 15 November 2017
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Chileice
London, ON2,991 contributions
One of the best days of my life
Aug 2016 • Couples
The library has a rare books section that is wonderful. got to see books from 500 years ago which are just like treasures. I want to go back.
Written 18 May 2017
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polinav
California140 contributions
library
Dec 2016 • Family
it is a public library, located next to the ancient Temple of Diana, not surprising in the city full of students
Written 9 January 2017
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andre_corujaa
Brazil73 contributions
Great
Oct 2015 • Friends
An important place for keeping Alentejo's History. It's so good to find a big and quiet public library in a city full of students. Great!
Written 8 June 2016
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Sara_Lazar
Israel76 contributions
Never thought to experience such an emotion about a book!
Mar 2016 • Couples
Although the Public Library is not even mentioned by most of the travel books, it's really a big "MUST" in Evora! Also our hostess (from "Evora Inn": very tidy, perfect allocation, great service, lovely decorated and very fair price, too!) recommended us to pay it a visit, so we programmed our walk in order to get there around 10 AM (after admiring Diana's Temple, placed a few meters from the library).
We're speaking about a library opened around the same time Coimbra's well-known Ioanina, and by the same king...with the "small" difference that the one in Coimbra belongs to the University and this one, in Evora, belongs to the Community and sees in serving the People, their most precious goal!
From previous research, I've learnt that there is one of the 3 remaining books of the "Almanach Perpetuum"*, an incunable from the Age of Discoveries!
(An "incunable" is a book that was printed—not handwritten—before the year 1501 in Europe). I've never imagined such glory! We could actually touch its pages, read and discuss its precious data! The librarian was at first a little astonished due to my specific request, but brought me the book at once –with a very proud smile, indeed!
Prior to it, we enjoyed explanations about a few manuscripts and not handwritten books that were on the central table (one was about calligraphy and some of its pages were disintegrating because of the acid in the ink and the other one, a big, huge book with music notes, was made of goat's belly skin.
I don't say I didn't feel a little troubled about the situation: in one hand, being able to touch and read incunables and manuscripts is an opportunity not everyone gets at a lifetime and I was in ecstasy! In the other hand, it’s a pity not to try and avoid deterioration…It's hard to decide though as a tourist, I'll be eternally thankful for the experience and the good will of the staff, loyal to their compromise to make accessible all the knowledge their books keep.

*The author, a mathematician and astronomer named Abraham Zacuto, was a Jew from Salamanca that fled the Spanish Inquisition and got shelter at the Portuguese Royal Court. Zacuto's Almanach was essential to the Portuguese maritime expansion because supplied the first accurate table of solar declination, allowing navigators to use the Sun instead of the Pole Star (a method that was less and less accurate as navigators went south).
Written 8 June 2016
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hans-jaguar
Santa Comba Dao, Portugal18,262 contributions
Visit the Historical City of Evora.
Nov 2015 • Couples
When you arrive on the “Temple of Diana”, you have on one side the “Garden of Diana” and on the other end of the place on the left corner you will find the “Public Library” it is a simple building, nothing spectacular and only a small plate indicates “Library”.
On the other side of the street you have the Museum, a nice place to spend some time by visiting this places of interest.
Written 16 November 2015
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