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Address: El Shatby, Alexandria 30100, Egypt
Phone Number:
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Located near the site of the ancient library of Alexandria, this modern...

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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Fantastic cultural place in the World

- thousands of books in all branches of life and sciences . - museums for different cultural and arts history. - entertainment activities and cinema . - cultural and arts... read more

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Alexandria Governorate, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

- thousands of books in all branches of life and sciences . - museums for different cultural and arts history. - entertainment activities and cinema . - cultural and arts conferences according to agenda . - ...... many attractive forums

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Dammam, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Its the most important cultural center in egypt and africa as well it contains alot of halls and a librrary contains millions of books and contains some historical and arts musium it contains alot of activities and cermonies around the year....if you are in egypt dont miss!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A museum and library all wrapped up into a single package! Beautiful Norwegian design. Take in this library if in Alexandria. Touted to be the largest in the world. Tickets are only 30 Egyptian pounds (about 1.50USD). This is a giveaway price. Inside are beautiful museum displays. You can also peek into the reading room, where people from around the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The museum was wonderful and I'm really not a museum fan. The displays were great with english writing. Quiet, peaceful. Many wonderful artifacts.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Important to note that if you travel with a backpack you can't bring it into the library itself, but you can bring it into the museums. The museums are interesting, but the main attraction is the library, it's airy and bright and is a suitable modern take on the most famous historical library.

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Cairo, Egypt
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I love history and the Alex Library is not really about history it is a modern library looking to gain its former glory as the greatest library in the world. A couple of interesting things to see there are the Ancient Manuscripts (small but getting bigger as the aquire more and more) and they will have a changing display on... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a wonderful surprise the modern library is. The architecture and interior design are magnificent and creative. Take the 15 minute tour and then spend an hour or two looking at the art and visiting the archaeology museum. Fantastic.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Absolutely beautiful modern architecture in the spirit of one of the greatest libraries in the ancient world. The Sadat exhibit is well worth a look, and the gift shop has quality merchandise.

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Ghent, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Library is amazing, you can get a free guided tour (approx. 10 - 15 minutes) in English (and other languages). The Library is huge. There are also a lot of exhibitions. Certainly a must see if you are in Alexandria.

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Alexandria, Egypt
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The biggest library, with coffee shops and bookstore nearby. It has museum, halls, exhibition centre, and library of course. In the library, the view is magnificent but sometimes there's some egyptians making noise, especially couples. I hope the management or security could do something about this. A tight security area, which not everyone can access, give more privacy to visitors.... More 

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