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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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Uncover the Grand Seminary of Coimbra

One construction with over 250 years. It is next to the “Jardim Botânico” that you find a newly uncovered “treasure” of Coimbra, with over 250 years, it recently opened to the public. We are talking about the “Seminário Maior”, an eighteenth-century Italian art building, built as a grand

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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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Saint Anthony of Lisbon and Padua, but also of Coimbra!

Saint Anthony of Lisbon, also known as Saint António of Pádua, born in Lisbon, between the years 1191 and 1195, a forthcoming Lisbon Cathedral Street where was later built the church in his honor. Baptized with the name Fernando de Bulhões, St. Anthony was educated within a noble

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Queen Santa Isabel

Queen Santa Isabel

Municipal Holiday of Coimbra it’s a honor of Queen Santa Isabel The fourth of July is the municipal holiday of Coimbra. It is in honor of queen Santa Isabel, who passed away on this same day back in 1336, in Estremoz. Isabel de Aragao or Queen Santa

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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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