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Address: El Shatby, Alexandria 30100, Egypt
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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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Covering a wide range of interests in arts, history and humanities, this library and the associated amenities next to it are worth allocating time to. Would highly recommend as a... read more

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Covering a wide range of interests in arts, history and humanities, this library and the associated amenities next to it are worth allocating time to. Would highly recommend as a key part to anyone visiting Alexandria with family, friends or even alone.

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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

C'mon! Who had the vision to create the 1st library in human history in human antiquity. Visit the Biblioteca and get the answers yourself! A new and architecturally stunning structure that is still a library has been built over the original. It's an educational marvel. Don't miss it if you have the pleasure of visiting this beautiful seaside, bustling and... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I begin my review with a quote by Saint Augustine “The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” I could write pages after pages extolling the features of the Library, such an impressive an edifice it is, but am going to restrict myself to a few points. 1. It is both a commemoration... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

you can find any book, essay, paper do you want. very organized place, clean, helpful staff, hi speed wifi, private rooms for rehearses

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Interesting to see one of the biggest libraries in the world as well as to hear the background and history. Well worth a vist.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a nice architecture design housing a large number of books. But don't expect any remnant of the ancient library. There is none. The old old library was burned and the new old library is under the ocean. Among the many exhibits there is no mention of the ancient site. Very disappointing.

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I can't say that it's something amazing. Big library with a lot of books and nice architecture. But I was not impress

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Thank Marinka G
Luxor, Egypt
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The library was created by Ptolemy I Soter, who was a Macedonian general and the successor of Alexander the Great.[2] Most of the books were kept as papyrus scrolls. It is unknown precisely how many such scrolls were housed at any given time, but estimates range from 40,000 to 400,000 at its height

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the library it was such an amazing epicentre for learning architecture design and collection of books.. amazing !

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We recently Alexandria and had the new Library on our itinerary. At first we felt we didn’t want to visit it since our main interest was in the ancient remains - such as the Roman Theatre, Pompeys Pillar and the various catacombs ( such as Kom ash-Suqqafa and the necropolis of Anfushi). But were we glad we did go. It... More 

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