This astonishing library, a contribution from Joao V in the before time of eighteenth century, give the impressions of too over generous and off putting for study, with its rosewood, ebony as well as jacaranda benches, richly wall painted upper limits and covered with gold chinoiserie bookshelves. Its sixty thousand very old books deal with act, values and theology. An inferior level has extra volumes and the Academic prison, a bolt up for disobedient students. This year the stupendous Library Biblioteca Joanina of the academy of Coimbra has a good time in its five hundred years centenary. Joanine Library is well thought out to be one of the best looking libraries in the planet.
The Joanina Library of the University of Coimbra, which replaced the former home of the University Bookstore, owes its name to the monarch that erected. King Joao V, the Magnanimous, was known as the great patron of culture, science and the arts, and this collection of place is a remarkable evidence of the king’s cultural policy. In the porch of the elegant building with four Ionic style columns, stands the majestic royal scion, baroque, translating the spirit characteristic magnificence of the most auspicious reign of Portugal’s history.
The collections of books published between the fifteenth and nineteenth centuries that integrate the library estate remain in good condition thanks to the features of the building. With exterior thick walls, the door made of teak wood, the interior coated wood to absorb excessive moisture, the space functions as a real vault in favor of the book conservation.
In the library there are the three rooms that communicate with each other by decorated arches and fully coated shelves, surmounted by the royal coat of arms: the first room contrasts the gold on a green background; in the second, the golden highlights on a red background and the last a black background gives life to the golden details. Its walls are lined with two-story shelves, in exotic, golden and polychrome wood, and ceilings covering the space, painted by Simoes Ribeiro and Vicente Nunes, feature motifs inspired the arts and crowned sciences, the center, the figure Divine Wisdom.
At night, after the closing of library, a colony of bats contributes to good maintenance of books eating insects. The tables are covered with skins that protect the animal excretions. The vault of the Baroque Library are illustrations of extreme rarity, as a first edition of the Lusiadas, a Hebrew Bible, published in the second half of the fifteenth century, that there are only about 20 copies worldwide, or Latin Bible the 48 lines, so called because it has exactly 48 lines per page printed by two partners Gutenberg, considered the most stupendous of the first four printed bibles. Built on a medieval prison, which was later academic prison, the Baroque Library gives access to underground today, which can also be visited.