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The Graduate Uniform – Centuries of History and Tradition

The “Traje Académico” (Graduate uniform), also known as “Capa and Batina“, stands for characteristics of academic life such as gathering, equality, respect and unity. “But what is its origin?” It was in the XVII century that the Academic Costume emerged and the influence of the Church in

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Aristides de Sousa Mendes – a hero of the Second World War

Aristides de Sousa Mendes was a Portuguese diplomat who, during the Second World War, saved around 30,000 lives from Nazi persecution. As Consul of Portugal in Bordeaux, in the year of the invasion of France by Nazi Germany – in 1940, Aristides de Sousa Mendes issued thousands

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The history of Jews in Coimbra

The oldest document attesting to the presence of Jews on Portuguese territory is from Coimbra. This presence, having experienced peaceful times, also lived times of extreme intolerance and persecution. It is in the “Pátio da Inquisição”, in a building with more than 470 years of history, that

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Downtown Coimbra

Hotel Oslo is located in Coimbra and is proud to be part of the historic city center. Around the hotel, in the narrow streets and in the old alleys, on the stairs and in the squares, you will find cafés, pastry shops, shops and restaurants as charming

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Historical Uptown

The ancient “Alta de Coimbra” district is just a few minutes away from Hotel Oslo. After seeing one of the most representative images of the city from your room window, you should still see it, again before leaving for discovery, from our bar or from the hotel

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Onion Fair | Praça do Comércio Coimbra

Onion Fair Coimbra

The already traditional Onion Fair (Feira das Cebolas) animates Coimbra every year for a week in August. The event is held in Praça do Comércio, where the sellers of onions of the city will gather and sell their articles, celebrating while working and calling Conimbricenses (people originaly from

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The Rasganço | end-of-course tradition

Rasganço Coimbra

“Rasganço” is a curious tradition over 700 years old made by the finalist students of the University of Coimbra. It originated in “Farraparia”, which lasted until 1910, and was made at the Faculty of Law after the “Ponto” – announcement of the last day of classes –

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Gil Vicente Academic Theater Coimbra

Gil Vicente Academic Theater Coimbra

Gil Vicente Academic Theater, the only university theater building. The Gil Vicente Academic Theater, located in Praça da República, in the center of Coimbra, and belonging to the University of Coimbra, is one of the city’s landmarks and one of the places where locals and visitors know

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Escadas do Quebra Costas

The Escadas do Quebra Costas are much more than a mere staircase. We are talking about a historical point of great symbolism that connects the famous Arco da Almedina and the Largo da Sé-Velha. This long staircase, an interesting route leading local and visitors from the University

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The Sofia Street – Unesco World Heritage

Unesco World Heritage The Rua da Sofia street, like the University of Coimbra and Alta of the city, was classified in 2013 as a Unesco World Heritage Site. Built in 1535, with an unusual width and regularity, at the time it was considered one of the largest

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