Paço das Escolas

Historic Building in Coimbra

Paço Das Escolas
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This historic university is located in a former royal palace and remains the heart of the institution to this day, hosting traditional academic ceremonies. The Sala dos Capelos is the main ceremonial hall, named after the academic cape awarded to graduating doctoral students. It was originally an examination room adorned with dark portraits of Portugal’s kings and decorated with crimson quilt-like designs. Close by, the Sala do Exame Privado (Private Examination Room) was where graduates underwent secret examinations at night.

In addition to the ceremonial halls, the palace also offers stunning views from both sides. The Páteo das Escolas can be seen on one side, while on the other, visitors can take in the city’s cascading rooftops.

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Visiting Paço das Escolas


9am-7.30pm Mar-Oct, 9am-1pm & 2pm-5pm Nov-Feb


adult/child incl Biblioteca Joanina, Capela de São Miguel & Museu da Ciência €12.50/free, without Biblioteca €7/free

Address: Paço das Escolas, Coimbra, Portugal
Duration: 20 minutes

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