Bibliotheca of Alexandria

The Library of Alexandria was for many centuries, more or less from 280 BC to 416, one of the largest and most important libraries on the Planet. This valiant center of knowledge was located in the city of Alexandria, north of Egypt, west of the River Nile, right on the shores of the Mediterranean.

The ancient Library of Alexandria was the world's largest library before it was built. It was established at the beginning of the third century B.C. by one of the Ptolemaic dynasty kings, Ptolemy I, and expanded by his son Ptolemy II, and housed more than 900,000 manuscripts during his reign of the greatest glory. In later times, the importance of the Alexandria Library waned, and much of the observations were lost as a result of changes in authorities and frequent invasions.

The original library had all the article secrets about the ancient civilization of Egypt, but all the manuscripts have damaged, and we had to wait a lot of centuries until the scientist Champollion came with  Napoleon in the French campaign during the 18th century and decipher the Egyptian hieroglyphs

Its destruction has been attributed to different actors, but no version has been proven, the only clear thing is that it finally disappeared, and it was not until 1987 an international project sought to rescue the cultural significance of the site and the symbol it represents, began the mythical collective imaginary library of humanity. UNESCO coordinated the project and finally, with the name of the Alexandria Library, it was officially opened in 1996.

A Norwegian architecture office was in charge of the project and its decoration shows low reliefs on the facade that represent calligraphic of many languages ​​of the world, its circular roof relates to the sun god Ra and the glass and aluminum panels reflect the sun rays over the Mediterranean, resembling the Alexandria Lighthouse. 

As well as its immense archive, which can resist holding up to twenty million copies, and a space for over 2,000 simultaneous scholars, it also has a planetarium, and a Science Museum, one for calligraphy and the other one is for archaeology, in addition to a laboratory of restoration, a modern printing press and a library specialized for children and people with special abilities.

Working Hours

Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 11 in the morning till 7 in the afternoon.

Friday and Saturday from 3 in the afternoon until 7

The library is closed on Tuesday!

Discover the Bibliotheca of Alexandria and many other monuments in the city that was built by the legendary Macedonian ruler Alexander the Great in 332 B.C by booking the traditional day tour to Alexandria from Cairo to enjoy the best atmosphere in the whole country of Egypt.

You can also explore the Giza Pyramids with a camel ride from Alexandria to learn about Egyptian History.

Enjoy our selection of Alexandria Shore Excursions and Things to do in Alexandria, Egypt If you're planning any tours to Egypt or from our varieties of tours from Cairo. through this list:

From our Cairo Day Tours, you can have an Alexandria Tour from Cairo
Or from our Egypt Travel Packagesyou can mix between Cairo and Alexandria Tour Packages
You do not want to miss any Tours of Alexandria, Egypt from Cairo
And while you have time during Egypt Shore Excursions, we can handle a Cairo Day Tour from Alexandria Port or Alexandria City tour from the port
A Day Tour to Giza Pyramids from Alexandria is among our special Cairo Trips, Where you can find some unique tours like the Tour to Islamic Cairo from Alexandria
But if you really want to cover most of the things to do in Cairo, you can book an Overnight trip to Cairo from Alexandria
Cairo tour from Alexandria return to port said is among the suitable Egypt Shore Excursions so that you don't miss your cruise ship.
Have a blissful Nile cruise lunch in Cairo with these special Pyramids and the Nile from Alexandria
Discover the new Grand Egyptian Museum tour from Alexandria to be among the first to visit this huge Museum and other places through our variety of tours below:

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