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Biblioteca Joanina - Universidade de Coimbra

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Praca da Porta Ferrea, Coimbra 3000-447, Portugal
+351 239 242 744
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 April 2013

If you only visit one sight in Coimbra, make sure it is the Joanina library - the Baroque library of the University of Coimbra, according to some one of the most ornate libraries in the world - built in the 18th century during the reign...More

5  Thank claudia186338
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 19 February 2018

I'm not sure why this has been separated from the Science Museum and the remaining university sites, as it is part of the combined ticket for which you are charged admission; there is no way in which to visit the library in isolation, though you...More

5  Thank Jegsy
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great library, the golden leaf detailing is extraordinary! One the best yet small niche libraries across the world. Certainly worth a visit!

Thank Paulo P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes the Library is amazing as well as the collection of old books. It is very crowded and there are no pictures. Not sure how you could do a whole day tour here.

Thank RoBertie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A cannot miss destination in the heart of Coimbra University . Waiting times can be long and the visits very controlled and brief but the chance to see this beautiful and inspiring collection of books in a unique architectural setting is an opportunity of a...More

Thank Kevin K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth the time to visit and tour. Many of the Harry Potter buildings and ideas came from this university. The old library is wonderful. Take a guided tour, you will learn so much.

Thank Paul T
Reviewed 9 October 2018 via mobile

We visited the library and yes it is indeed amazing however we did not find it to be as amazing as the library in the monastery in Mafra. The details of this library are indeed amazing however the size is not as large as Mafra....More

Thank ERDFirefighter
Reviewed 7 October 2018

Historic library. The tours are great, with well informed guides and is quite inexpensive. I recommend it.

Thank Joao B
Reviewed 2 October 2018

Spectacular place; all the old book in the library are stunning. Love the place, the Library is a special place to visit, also the university of Coimbra.

Reviewed 1 October 2018

University of Coimbra, the few in the world that started globalization! Centuries of knowledge written, not virtual! There are no adjectives to give. For centuries the University that formed Portugal, Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, Guinea Bissau, Macau, Goa-India and which trained half of the World.

Thank Paulo Santos B
Reviewed 30 September 2018 via mobile

Such a beautiful interior design and no chance to even take a photo (prohibited even without flash). Books look sad, when they are never read...

Thank consider_itt
Reviewed 26 September 2018 via mobile

Lot of effort for little reward. Too controlled for what is ultimately the purpose of the visit. Have to visit the prison - empty rooms. Then the ‘working’ library before you get THE LIBRARY. And then you are limited to 10 Minutes.

Thank CMloinftfeux
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12 June 2016|
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Response from Javi_Varela | Reviewed this property |
9 euros (in March 2016) The ticket includes: Parts of the University (main building), the chapel of St. Miguel and the Library
26 April 2016|
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Response from Echodularge | Reviewed this property |
You should not have to pre book. Arrive earlier and look for the ticket office at the University entrance. The library is close to ticket office within the walls of the old university. As you certainly know, the... More
26 September 2015|
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Response from KerrikAustralia | Reviewed this property |
Hi , we also bought a ticket to the library at the Uni, and were allocated a time, you are in a group, we had to wait about an hour, but there is plenty to see to fill in the time while waiting. They only let a certain... More