Libraries as Art: The Library at Alexandria

Bibliotheca AlexandrinaOf all of the ancient libraries, the library at Alexandria is likely the most famous. As a symbol of affluence in many societies, library buildings often involve the latest and greatest elements from the world of architecture. This certainly rings true for both the ancient and modern libraries at Alexandria. The ancient library of Alexandria disappeared after it was destroyed by fire in 48 BC. In 2002, Egypt completed construction of Bibliotheca Alexandrina, near the site of the ancient library. Images of the stunning architecture of Bibliotheca Alexandrina can be viewed by navigating through its homepage.

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