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Bibliotheca Alexandrina

El Shatby, Alexandria 30100, Egypt
+20 3 4203020
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Located near the site of the ancient library of Alexandria, this modern version is an eleven-story, cylindrical-shaped building that houses more than eight million books. A re-imagining of Alexandria's ancient Great Library, this gorgeously designed cultural center contains a host of museums as well as one of the modern world's most ambitious libraries. Its architecture - a giant sun disk - presides over the waterfront Corniche, while inside, a huge reading room can hold eight million volumes. Below themain library, visitors can explore a range of beautifully curated exhibitions. TheManuscript Museum with its magnificent collection of ancient texts and scrolls and the Antiquities Museum with its Graeco-Roman antiquities and statuary found during underwater exploration in the harbor are the two prime attractions. But there are also rotating art exhibitions, a permanent Egyptian folk art collection, and a Science Museum and Planetarium that are aimed squarely at children.
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  • Average6%
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“amazing library” (23 reviews)
“art galleries” (16 reviews)
“modern library” (24 reviews)
El Shatby, Alexandria 30100, Egypt
+20 3 4203020
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Sorry about a late review of this place. i went a long back their. a very nice place with an excellent architectural view from both outside & inside. bought a souvenir book so that i can remember this place throughout my life.

Thank Zaman_Shovon
Reviewed 4 days ago

Not sure what I was expecting, but this modern building wasn't it. Close to the university so quite busy with students. Too large a group for the tour so it was hard to hear the guide. Nice exhibits, but a number of exhibits required extra...More

Thank Deana W
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great cultural and educational place from all over the world, the library basement is composed of many exhibition and museums, I would recommend Sadat Museum. Children are allowed in the basement floor. The library is good but if you are looking for something it's a...More

Thank Mostafa D
Reviewed 1 week ago

The ancient library of Alexandria was containing the world's knowledge, science, literature, medicine etc. It is unfortunate, since there was no possibility to share easily the information, that when it was destroyed the world lost the steppingstone to advance hundreds of years before it actually...More

Thank Sofi N
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely place and you can easily spend a few hours there. So much to see and admire. There were lots of exhibitions, all interesting. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank Sonia F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is one of the greatest places in alexandria....the library is breathtaking taking...and the blend between cultural and modern architecture is seen in many of the buildings here. There are a number of museums that are worth seeing. Great place!!!

Thank sukayna f
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting both structurally and to browse and read. Would have returned had we not be short on time.

Thank Ulrike C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

if you are in Alexandria, you have to consider visiting Bibliotheca Alexandria at your trip. you will be impressed.

Thank FadyAttia
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had to pay for our visit and we had to leave bags on outside (kept buy a guard giving us a piece of plastic with a number to get it back. Security is really tight. And then you enter this architectural marvel. It is...More

Thank MarketBlade
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Egypt is full of amazing places that make this look underwhelming. The sheer size of the library is impressive.

Thank Steve N
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Ahmed H
15 November 2017|
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Response from mona551950 | Reviewed this property |
Sunday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, Fridays from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and Saturdays from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
Marina A
24 June 2017|
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Response from fth0mps0n | Reviewed this property |
I do not know on June 25th if they open or not.
12 March 2015|
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Response from PedallingPilgrims | Reviewed this property |
We got taken around in a tour which took 45minutes, and then we explored the library for another half hour - but we could have stayed for a few more. It depends how interested you are. There are plenty of other things close... More