Blue sea will send you a fresh breeze to accompany you till arriving at a new building recalls something much older standing ” Bibliotheca Alexandrina ” in the Alexandrian Corniche, a stunning design will call your soul to enter it, to be amid a rare collection of original manuscripts, unique books, historical maps, ancient coins, and around 9 million books in many languages. At this point, you will realize that you are in the fourth-largest Francophone library in the world, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina .
Rare Original Manuscripts Revive the Ptolemaic Era in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina
Bibliotheca Alexandrina is the scientific encyclopedia where you find a wide range of books of different international languages like English, Arabic, and French as well as a selection of books in other European languages such as German, Italian, and Spanish without missing rare languages like Creole, and Haiti and Zole. That is how the new Bibliotheca Alexandrina comes to continue the way of the ancient Bibliotheca Alexandrina that was established in the Ptolemaic period in the early third century BC by Ptolemy II or III, which was the largest library of its time.
The ancient Bibliotheca Alexandrina was the first governmental library in the whole world to include the largest collection of books in the ancient world, which at that time reached 700 thousand volumes, including the works of Homer and the Library of Aristotle. But the library was exposed to many fires and ended its life in 48 BC; however, 2002 has come with a modern complex that seeks to rekindle the intellectual light that once shown from Alexandria.
The modern Bibliotheca Alexandrina revive this great historical science to outperform the University of Montreal in Canada, the Library of Congress, the Harvard Book Library, the University of Patta in Canada, the Canadian National Library, and the French National Library.
You will stand in confusion while you stay among rare books owned by the Library of Alexandria, in addition to a number of gift books, copies of rare books and limited editions, and a group of rare manuscripts in different languages. All of that you will find in the Library of Rare Books and Special Collections at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Tour to the New Library
Complete your wonderful tour to be inside a place of more than seven thousand maps covering all parts of the world, and in full surprise, you will stand in front of a replica of the combined map that Al-Idrisi had drawn for the king of Cecilia Roger II in 1154 CE; As well as a replica of a manuscript topographic map of the Persian Gulf and Mesopotamia dating back to the seventeenth century. It is the Maps Library.
One thousand seventy-nine artifacts will narrate for you many stories, to live through the eras from the Pharaonic period to the Islamic era, crossing through the Roman and the Greek civilization, that is how will be your visit inside the museum of the monuments in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
The treasures of the collections are preserved in the Library of Alexandria, including original manuscripts, rare books, maps, ancient coins, personal belongings of famous people, precious gifts to the library, documents, and so on. Just go to the Manuscripts Museum. With rare collections of manuscripts and documents (nearly thirty thousand manuscripts and fifty thousand documents), please your soul with sciences and knowledge mixed with the fragrant history in Manuscripts Museum that offers a luxurious museum exhibition hall.
Over the course of three successive historical periods, the Pharaonic, Greek, and Arab Islamic Era, the Science Museum shows you the development of science in Egypt during those periods.
As a reward for the scientists whose work contributed to the spread of scientific knowledge, the planetarium was established; see how with greatness the sciences have been spread across the world. Then you will go to the multimedia library that contains different types of audio and video media. The audio-visual materials cover a variety of topics: educational, religious, cultural, political, recording, and cinematic, in addition to self-teaching methods for teaching different languages, computer programs, and other means of self-education in various fields.
While you go through the Nobel section to see the book collections of the owners who have won the Nobel Prize in Literature, you will find a library for the kids, a library for the youth, and a library for the blinds.