Biblioteca Estense

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Vipin Vipin
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Impressive collection Apr 12, 2011
Located in the heart of Modena, the Biblioteca Estense is perhaps one of the country’s most famous and important libraries. Founded in the seventeenth century, the library contains thousands of maps, manuscripts and books which have been immaculately preserved. The staff here are very helpful and will do their best to help you make the most of your visit. Fact sheets are also available for some of the features. I particularly liked the maps on display here, as well as the vividly coloured manuscripts from the medieval period. Perhaps the most famous exhibit here has to be the Biblia Borsi Estensis, which is arguably the world’s most decorated bible. Although the original is behind a glass case, there is a published book version which can be looked at in more detail. The colours are so fresh, and the attention to detail is amazing. It’s all a bit too much I thought, but the work was impressive. If you are in Modena, and have an hour to spare, this is worth a quick visit.
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