Biblioteca Joanina

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  • Address: Pátio das Escolas da Universidade de Coimbra, 3004-531 Coimbra, Portugal
  • Timings: 10:30 am - 07:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +351-239242744
  • Time Required: 00:30 Mins
  • Tags: Library, Family And Kids

This 18th century library, though a part of the University of Coimbra campus, is an attraction in its own right! Commissioned by King John V its interior is divided into three distinct parts:

  • Noble Floor: Opulently decorated, this is the sight that most people come to see. Constructed from the richest and most exotic materials from around the globe, it has 40,000 volumes, and a huge portrait of King John V by Domenico Duprà.
  • Academic Prison (Prisao Academica): The cells into which unruly students were banished were moved to the space under the library in 1773, into the old jail cells of the Palace
  • The Intermediate Floor: Which functioned as the restricted depository of the library. A winding staircase from here was the only access to the prison.

Apparently, the library is also home to two small colonies of bats that are invaluable in the conservation of the books.

Biblioteca Joanina Hours

  • The library opens every 20 minutes to accept a batch of 60 tourists.
  • Closed during the Queima das Fitas Parade.

How to Reach Biblioteca Joanina

  • Smtuc Elevator
  • Bus routes: 1A, 34 e 103
  • Walk to here.
  • Drive to Praca de Republica and park there.

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  • Biblioteca Joanina Address: Pátio das Escolas da Universidade de Coimbra, 3004-531 Coimbra, Portugal
  • Biblioteca Joanina Contact Number: +351-239242744
  • Biblioteca Joanina Timing: 10:30 am - 07:00 pm
  • Best time to visit Biblioteca Joanina(preferred time): 10:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Time required to visit Biblioteca Joanina: 00:30 Mins
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  • Please let me know how to make reservations to see the library. Thank you.

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  • Hi can I buy tickets at the door

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    • The entry to Biblioteca Joanina is free.

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