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Bibliotheca Alexandrina

El Shatby, Alexandria 30100, Egypt
+20 3 4203020
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US$ 82.00*
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Private Alexandria Highlights Guided Day Tour
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US$ 127.06*
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Private Alexandria Day Trip from Cairo
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US$ 64.29*
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Day-Trip to Alexandria from Cairo by Car including Lunch
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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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El Shatby, Alexandria 30100, Egypt
+20 3 4203020
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a good chance to visit this place which will take you to another city inside Alexandria city great and great library with other great activities like theatre shows for people and kids and concerts and another sector for kids activities and more and more....More

Thank Madawy
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are in Alexandria, You can never miss it. The library is great, holds many books and offers amazing variety of services. There is usually music events all over the year, specially in summer time when it can be open air music shows. This...More

Thank Amr G
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had low expectations, since this is obviously not the famous, historical library (which disappeared a good millennium and a half ago), but it's really a fabulous cultural center, with many features and displays that are accessible to non-speakers of Arabic. Besides the "book" side...More

Thank Treece_MN
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An amazing place with a lot to cherish. Art, literature, history, mathematics and virtually everything at one place. Architecture is amazing.

Thank Nandish J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very amazing place ..a lot of good books , very kind staff ,many good services , very safety to visit

Thank johnantoy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At first, I wasn't keen on going to the library. But the architecture from inside is awe-inspiring. They also have several art galleries (some free/some paid.) We asked for an English speaking guide to give us a tour. FYI, you can't bring any bags inside...More

Thank marlaher
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was very wonderful and satisfying visit. I didn't know what to expect but I was shocked by how huge the library was. It has several floors, each filled with paintings, statues and countless shelves of books. They have a huge variety of book you...More

Thank Yara E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The library's architecture is amazing and the ticket prices are reasonable. There is a special discounted tickets for students. Once you're inside there is a lot to discover so it's recommended to get a guided tour. Don't miss the special exhibitions while there.

Thank nsergius
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went with our tour guy from Cairo but once there we got a guide The young lady explained everything. Very interesting. She engaged our teenager making the visit more fun. A lot to see.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

the Bibliotheca provides good show for children at reasonable ticket prices at frequent times which is a good experience for kids.

Thank mrashad
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Marina A
25 June 2017|
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Response from menatallah | Reviewed this property |
just see it now, check bibalex site for all info and opening hours
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
22 February 2015|
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Response from KATHLEENgREECE | Reviewed this property |
I agree with the previous comments. The best way to get there is by taxi but bargain the price before you get in. I would say 30egp would be a fair price. If you have time, do visit the Museum of Alexandria. It is a... More