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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  • Very good walk. Traffic-free streets, beautiful views, the University only. Visitors won't be coming back.
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  • The University, founded in 1290 in Lisbon by King d. Dinis, would be transferred to Coimbra in 1537. Students and tourists cross the outer spaces and there is much to see in your interior, the famous Tower, the Hall of great acts, the Armory; among other; not to be missed, also, the Church of San Miguel and the Biblioteca Joanina
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  • This is the old university square bounded by the law school and refectory. It is still quite funcational and you can see all the first year law students in their gowns going to classes. A real treat f...  more »