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The Library of Alexandria (Bibliotheca Alexandrina)

Listed under Libraries in Alexandria, Egypt.

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The original Library of Alexandria, the legendary seat of great knowledge and learning founded in the third century BC has long been lost to antiquity - accidently burned down by Julius Caesar is one story of its demise, but there are thought to have been several fires beforehand...

The modern library was built as an attempt to rekindle this level of bibliophilia in Alexandria. The waterfront location is as close to the site of the original as they could build, but the ultra modern design couldn't be more different.  The main reading room stands beneath a 32-meter-high glass-panelled roof, tilted out toward the sea like a sundial, and the walls are of granite mined in Aswan, carved with characters from 120 different human scripts.

Written by  Clover Jackson.

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