Barroque Library

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Basic info

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Type of attraction


Portuguese name

Biblioteca Joanina


Paço das Escolas

+351 239242744

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How to visit


Adult: €13,50 | Youth (7-18): €6,75 | Children (0-6): Free

Includes: Baroque Library, Royal Palace, Saint Michael’s Chapel, Chemistry Laboratory & Botanical Garden

Opening times

9 am – 1 pm | 1 pm – 6 pm (Daily)

9 am – 1 pm | 1 pm – 6 pm (Daily)
Timeslot is mandatory

Last Entry: 5.40 pm

Ticket office: 9am – 6pm (daily)

Closing days

may 26th


Minerva Stairs

Public transports

Botanical Line, Bus 28

More details


  • Balcony (with shelves above and bellow) running around the three rooms supported by inverted pyramids
  • Shelves made in oak (odour keeps insects away)
  • Tables in exotic wood
  • Paintings on the ceiling
  • Portrait of King John V (who authorized the construction of the library)

The Paintings on the ceilings and the Books

First room = figure of library
África, Ásia, Europa e América (feminin figures)
Books: History and Literature

Central room = figure of university
Honor, Virtue, Fortune and Fame (feminin figures)
Books: Law and Science

Third room = universal knowledge
Books: Canon Law and Theology

Some of the rare Books

  • Hebrew bible (15th century) bought in Holland
  • Latin bible (1462)
  • Lusiadas first edition by Luís de Camões (1572)
  • Peregrinação by Fernão Mendes Pinto (1614)

1716 – Authorization for construction by King John V
1717 – Construction begins
1728 – Construction completed
1777 – Start of operation as a library
1834 – The prison is closed
Mid-20th century – Ceases to be used as a library by students
2013 – Classified by Unesco

the surroundings

  • St Michael’s Chapel (50 m) *
  • Royal Palace (50 m) *
  • Machado de Castro Museum (350 m)
  • Old Cathedral (350 m)
  • New Cathedral (400 m)
  • Science Museum (600 m)

* Entrance included with the Library ticket

  • Law faculty bar (50m)
  • Couraça Cafe (200m)
  • Loggia Bar & Restaurant (350)
  • O Trovador (350m)
  • Italianino (400m)

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