Bibliotheca Alexandrina: Alexandrian Library
This astonishing landmark in port city of Egypt, Alexandria is one of the largest libraries in the world. Alexandria is an ancient yet well maintained and beautiful city established by emperor ‘Alexander the great’. It is spread along a 32 KM stretch on coast of Mediterranean Sea north of Egypt.
This library named ‘Bibliotheca Alexandrina’ has a unique and stunning structural design. Its slanted roof facing the sea provides bright sunlight to interior of the library thus avoiding wastage of electricity during day time. The library is arranged in many floors with many sections offering references on various disciplines.
There is a huge collection of manuscripts mostly written by great Scholars of ancient Islamic era. One of the important collections in this section is letters sent by Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alihi Wasallam to emperors of His age. It is a well known history that Prophet Muhammad Sallallahu Alihi Wasallam had sent letters to Kisra (Persia), Kiser (Rome), Muqouqis (Egypt), Habashah (Najjashy of Abyssinia – current Ethiopia) through envoy of His companions.
There is a planetarium with another impressive design beside to the library which shows pretty virtual view of galaxies in our universe. With all this there is a big time to spend in Alexandria.
These photos were snapped during our recent visit to Egypt. We felt that we ran out of time to get more glimpse of many of old Egyptian civilizations as there are much to watch!