University of Coimbra

Historic Site in Coimbra

University Of Coimbra
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The University of Coimbra is a fascinating destination for any traveler interested in history, culture, and education. Founded in 1290, it is one of the oldest universities in Europe and has played a significant role in the development of Portugal and its culture. The university is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a must-visit for anyone traveling to Coimbra.

The university campus is located on a hill overlooking the Mondego River, and the views from the campus are stunning. The campus is divided into two parts: the upper and lower campuses. The upper campus is home to the historic faculties, including law, medicine, and theology, while the lower campus houses the modern faculties such as science, engineering, and humanities.

The university is also known for its traditional academic dress, which includes black capes and coloured ribbons that denote the faculty of the wearer. Visitors can see students dressed in their traditional academic dress throughout the campus.

Overall, the University of Coimbra is a fascinating destination that combines history, culture, and education. Whether you’re interested in exploring the campus’s stunning architecture, visiting the historic faculties, or simply enjoying the stunning views, it’s a must-visit destination in Coimbra.

Things to see at University of Coimbra

University of Coimbra – Biblioteca Joanina

One of the highlights of the university is the Biblioteca Joanina, a Baroque library that was completed in the 18th century. The library houses over 300,000 volumes and is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. It features ornate decoration, intricate woodwork, and a collection of rare and valuable books.

University of Coimbra – Capela de São Miguel

Another highlight is the Capela de São Miguel, a chapel on the upper campus that was built in the 16th century. The chapel features beautiful paintings, sculptures, and azulejos (traditional Portuguese tiles) and is a stunning example of Portuguese Baroque architecture.


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Visiting University of Coimbra


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


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

Address: University of Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Duration: 20 minutes

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