Thursday Doors: Biblioteca Joanina, Portugal

King John’s Library, located at the University of Coimbra (oldest university in the country), in Coimbra, Portugal, is one of Portugal’s National Monuments. It’s a 300-year-old building that houses 55,000 books from the 18th century. It’s founder, King John V is prominently displayed at the library’s high altar.

Door, Biblioteca Joanina

In Baroque style, the inside is all wood. A doorkeeper ensures the door of the library is locked at all times, and promptly as soon as visitors enter to keep humidity away. Interestingly, bats that live in the building help protect the books by eating insects and alerting through the noise they make changes in weather. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed inside the library. More information can be found at the University of Coimbra’s website.

Statue of King John V (at first glance, Henry VIII came to mind)

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About Dee Gilbert

I am one half of a couple who loves to travel; the half who likes to write and share travel experiences. Reading about travelers' experiences inspire me more to see the world. So, I thought, perhaps in my own little way I could inspire others, too. :)
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