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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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Fado of Coimbra

“Coimbra é uma lição, De sonho e tradição, O lente é uma canção, E a Lua a faculdade, O livro é uma mulher, Só passa quem souber, E aprende-se a dizer saudade…” Who does not know this “Canção” of Coimbra?! This and many other Fados which sing

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Republics of Coimbra – Students Traditions

Republics, mythical spaces of Coimbra academic life It was in the 14th century that the first Republics of Coimbra emerged, when King D. Dinis ordered the construction of houses, in the zone of “Almedina”, to lodge the students of the University, with rent payment. These mythical spaces

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Sala dos Capelos – University of Coimbra

Must visit in Coimbra. The “Sala dos Capelos”, also known as “Sala Grande dos Atos”, located in the “Paço das Escolas”, is the main Room of the University of Coimbra and the place where the most important ceremonies of academic life take place. Going back in time,

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Pedro Nunes Institute of Coimbra – Company Incubator and Accelerator

The Institute Pedro Nunes (IPN) was created by the University of Coimbra in 1991. It is a private non-profit institution of remarkable relevance. The Institute was created with the purpose of disseminating and promoting innovation and technology transfer, establishing the link between the scientific and technological environments

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The Saint Francis Convent

The new Congress and Cultural Centre of the City The Saint Francis Convent, situated on the left side of Mondego River, erected  in the XVII Century, worked as a wool factory between 1888 and 1980. In 1995, Coimbra municipality bought the building. After plenty of renovation works

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The Serenade of Coimbra

Singing in the moonlight. The street is quiet and motionless. The stars and the moon will be witnessing everything. In the silence we hear steps. They arrive. They are from Coimbra, wear black cloaks and will fulfill an Academy ritual, the Serenades. These take place at night,

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