The Bibliotheca Alexandrina is a major library and cultural centre located on the waterfront in Alexandria. It was built between 1995 and 2002, based on a design of Sn°hetta. It was inspired by the ancient Great Library of Alexandria, which existed between the 3rd and 1st centuries BC in Alexandria and contained half a million texts. The main reading hall is covered by a 32m high glass-panelled roof.
01 Bibliotheca Alexandrina 02 Outer wall with carvings in various languages 03 Bibliotheca Alexandrina 04 Main hall and roof
05 Main reading room 06 Book shelves 07 Main reading room 08 Main reading room
09 Intertype book press 10 Roof 11 Bibliotheca Alexandrina
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