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Praca da Porta Ferrea | Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra 3000-447, Portugal
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 16 July 2018

I visited here on a three part ticket, valid for a day for 12 Euros. I think this good value for money considering the cost of other attractions across Europe. A must for history buffs, book buffs, art buffs and anyone who appreciates the emergence...More

3  Thank Nicola-Jane-Brown
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 15 October 2017

We queued for nearly an hour to pay €12 each for a 4-part ticket to university attractions. The Royal Palace was dull and gloomy.The Chapel was closed because of weddings. The Science Museum was reminiscent of something from the 1960s, nothing like a modern, stimulating...More

4  Thank Martin W
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All reviews beautiful library no photography baroque interior leather bound books love libraries main ticket buy the tickets sao miguel timed entry coimbra university no photos allowed guided tour worth a visit ancient books university buildings harry potter bats
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Entry is limited to small groups at fixed times. The library was very dark with only very dimly lit ceiling. As photography is not allowed (and practically impossible in such dark), the place could offer at least some postcards.

Thank Janoshka
Reviewed 5 days ago

A must visit, the library is one of the oldest in Europe and was the inspiration for the Uni in Harry Potter.

Thank DaiWeiShi
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Their website is very confusing e misinformative. Since it is the main attraction of Coimbra, they should provide better support!

Thank msy22
Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't miss this library with the old books if you visit Coimbra. It's a must-see. It's beautiful. You are on a timed entrance ticket and no photos allowed.

Thank Kathrine
Reviewed 1 week ago

Your jaw will drop. Stunning, inspiring, breath-taking all in one. Indescribable. It brought tears to my eyes

Thank Joleen625
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This library is remarkable and is one of the most beautiful of the world. Once in Coimbra its mandatory.

Thank eduardoalbertox
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the walking tour and it was wonderful. When we were done we just wandered around and finally found the way to get up to see the city views. These old books......just amazing how old they are. of course no photos allowed but that...More

Thank Arizona828
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just amazing to stand and see this beautiful library. Walking around the university and then going to this beautiful room puts the history of this important place in perspective.

Thank MARY M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The library which is like no other library that you will have ever seen. It was J K Rowling’s inspiration for the inside of Hogwarts.

Thank MBKOKent
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very interesting institute. The visit must be reserved in advance, so come early in the morning. We arrived at 9:00 and got a tour at 12:00 .

Thank Zeev A
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