University of Coimbra, Coimbra

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Must see · World heritage site · University / School · Tourist Spot
Take a tour of University of Coimbra, one of the world's oldest operating universities and a World Heritage Site. Established in 1290, it is a founding member of the Coimbra Group, which incorporates the leading European research universities. Approximately 20,000 students attend the institution, studying the arts, engineering, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, sports, and technology. You can take a guided tour of this historical complex, which covers the Royal Palace, St. Michael's Chapel, Baroque Library, and Academic Prison. Plan trip to Coimbra with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • The University of Coimbra is one of the oldest universities in Europe and the world, founded by King Dinish in 1290 in Lisbon, but 18 years later moved to Coimbra. The main building of the university....  more »
  • The iconic "Universidade de Coimbra", the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese-speaking world, was established initially, in 1290, by King Dom Dinis, in Lisbon. After many relocations, it...  more »
  • The library, chapel and royal palace are a must see when you are in Coimbra. It is cool to see that students have there lectures just in the next room!  more »
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  • Beautiful place with outstanding library which is totally a must see if you are travelling to Portugal. Visiting system is quite strange but they have student discount.
  • It’s very well kept older craftsmanship when visiting the royal chapel and library inside. This is a real university with students around the place.
  • Nice old buildings but 90% of the palace is not open to tourists. The Library is usually fully booked by tour groups. At 10am in mid September the only available time to visit it was at 1240pm. We could not wait that long, unfortunately. So this review is of the other areas. As with many attractions, huge bus groups fill up the rooms and virtually refuse to allow other visitors to get by. Why don't places like this ask the guides to leave a bit of room for other paying visitors to get in, or get past their group while they listen to a 15 minute spiel?
  • The university is well preserved. It was very cold, however. Everything we saw on the tour was interesting, including the library. The students were in the middle of some sort of graduation festivities, so it looked like we were at Hogwarts with all of the black cloaks.
  • The great and famous university not even in Portugal but also in Europe. When we were there, it’s right around the time that students are about to having their graduation ceremony. The library is stunning and also the church inside the Uni campus is really unique. It’s worth a visit I would say.

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