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Biblioteca Joanina - Universidade de Coimbra

Praca da Porta Ferrea, Coimbra 3000-447, Portugal
+351 239 242 744
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Praca da Porta Ferrea, Coimbra 3000-447, Portugal
+351 239 242 744
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Yes this library is historic, but it is not as magnificent as you are led to believe. It is small, you have to wait in line to get a ticket that is for a timed 10 minute visit. The only thing that was interesting was...More

Thank AnniversaryGal
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Coimbra. On the train route from Porto to Lisbon, is well worth a visit. The university, particularly the library, is beautifully designed and appointed. A tribute to learning.

Thank Nancy N
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unbelievable beautiful library - do not miss this when you visit Coimbra. The only sad point is you are limited to a 20 minute visit (to preserve the books) but even with that limitation, take advantage of visiting the library when you in Coimbra.

Thank Juliet M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is very small and you cannot take photos of the famous ceilings. You spend more time queuing to buy the ticket and then to get in compared to time spent inside. It is kept very dark yo protect the colors I assume.

Thank F4466UUteresas
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I cannot imagine how they deal with visitors when it is peak season. This is December and we had to stand in line for 50 minutes just to get tickets, 60 Euros for our family, then waited in the rain another 50 minutes in line...More

Thank cmlvngstn
Reviewed 14 December 2017

An exceptional space. We had to make reservations, but there was no problem in spending time in the vicinity of the library before we went on our tour. There is much to see.Ask about the bats

Thank Gregory T
Reviewed 5 December 2017

I visited the university and the biblioteca Joanina while I was working in an intership in Coimbra. The place worth to see it. The biblioteca is something incredible, really well conserved, and with lots of things to see and learn (really curious the story about...More

Thank _iaku85
Reviewed 3 December 2017

A worthwhile place to see one of the if not the oldest library in the iberian penninsula which is still active. Surrounded by the university, its a must stop to see, and experience. In addition, its location on the top of the city, provides magnificent...More

Thank manonthemove1812
Reviewed 28 November 2017

The town of Coimbra is a hidden gem in Central Portugal, and home to one of the oldest universities in the world. Part of this is the spectacular Joanine Library - it's a must see for any book lover.

Thank DrSarah62
Reviewed 17 November 2017 via mobile

This was my second visit to this landmark, ornately carved library filled with leather bound tomes from centuries past It attests to the reverence that people had for learning from medieval times forward. The only thing that marred the experience were the mumbling ticket seller...More

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Sebastien T
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