Reading Room in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina
This library was founded in the 3rd century BC and was the greatest library in the ancient world, attracting the best international scholars. The current library and cultural center was re-inaugurated in 2002, more than two millennia after the original building was destroyed by fire.
The architecture of this building - inside and outside - is very striking and it now also contains a Planetarium and four museums. This is a part of the 2000 seat reading room with a partly glazed window which tilts toward the sea and is designed to angle sunlight on to the desks of this 7-tier reading room.
During Cleopatra's time, the library held 7000,000 scrolls. This modern library can accommodate eight million volumes.