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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Universidade de Coimbra Alta & Sofia and many more Coimbra attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Coimbra journey maker tool.
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  • We started at the bottom part of the city and the walk up, itself, is quite something. The top, the unirversity has some memorable buildins topped with panoramic view of the city and beyond. 
    We started at the bottom part of the city and the walk up, itself, is quite something. The top, the unirversity has some memorable buildins topped with panoramic view of the city and beyond.  more »
  • The university is stunning and you feel the history. Fantastic views of the city but the experience is spoiled by the horrible ticket process. Of course it is best to buy on line & if you don’t then.....  more
    The university is stunning and you feel the history. Fantastic views of the city but the experience is spoiled by the horrible ticket process. Of course it is best to buy on line & if you don’t then.....  more »

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