Universidade de Coimbra Alta & Sofia, Coimbra

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Admire the array of architectural styles and traditional atmosphere at Universidade de Coimbra Alta & Sofia, one of the world's oldest universities and a World Heritage Site. Though originally established in Lisbon in 1290, the institution officially moved to Alta and Sofia in 1537. Visit the oldest university in Portugal and see the complex's stunning architecture, which spans several centuries. Highlights include the 12th-century cathedral of Santa Cruz, 16th-century colleges, Baroque-style Joanine library, and 18th-century botanical garden. Climb the university tower for excellent views and take a tour of the royal palace of Alcáçova. Plan to visit Universidade de Coimbra Alta & Sofia and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Coimbra attractions using our Coimbra tour planner.
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  • University of Coimbra-oldest educational institution in Portugal. Its complex of buildings is included in the UNESCO cultural heritage list and visit it is compulsory for the tourists.
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  • This city is just 2 h of Porto by train, and can see a wonderful city with one of the oldest universities in Europe. It is surprising and at the same time gratifying to see well preserved and cared is the old University.
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  • Knowledge pours these walls and sit outside. Architectural ensemble of great beauty and historical significance. The award of world heritage granted by UNESCO is fully deserved. Walking through the various buildings is something not to be missed.
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