Bibliotheca Alexandrina: the rebirth of a legend

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Bibliotheca Alexandrina: the rebirth of a legend

In 2002, the Library of Alexandria was resurrected and claims to be the worthy heir of its ancestor.

In fact, it is a double resurrection because this new library also puts the city of Alexandria to the fore of the international scene once again. Alexandria was the hub of knowledge in antiquity and, much later, until the 1952 revolution, like Cairo, one of the centres of Egypt's cultural and social life. You have to drive three hours to get there from the capital. The road is safe and well maintained.

Arriving on the coastal road offers a stunning view of the Bibliotheca's impressive silhouette. Its tilted roof, 160 metres in diameter, is covered with glass panels that are reflected in the sea. It is placed on Aswan granite arches with sculpted characters in 120 different languages. The reading room honouring its ancestor is equally impressive. It can accommodate up to 2,000 people on several floors, and provides them with five million books.

This library is also a cultural and multi-media centre, of which all of Egypt is proud.

Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Alexandrina Governorate
21 526 Alexandria

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