MuseuBiblioteca Joanina - Joanina Library
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Sobre o museu
The Joanina Library is an exponent of baroque art. It is considered one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. It was built in the early 18th century by order of the King John 5th, motivated by a request from the University of Coimbra to expand its old library.
Its architecture is generally compared to a temple, secular, to worship Wisdom (also another name to refer to the university). However, this work tells a lot about the greatness of Portugal, as you can see in the interior decoration. Portugal of the early 18th century was a powerful empire spread across four continents. Its economy shone with the discovery of extensive deposits of gold in the colony of Brazil at the end of the previous century. In this context, generous amounts were invested in the library, which are reflected in all its exuberance.
The library doors are open every 20 minutes. In the summer (between the second week of July and the second week of September), there are night visits to the Royal Palace, which includes the library, which can be seen as it rarely is. Tickets for programs that include the Joanina Library are sold by the General Library building reception.
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