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Coimbra: The king’s capital

The birth of the Portuguese nation is far from ordinary. It hides a rich and unusual story, full of interesting details. However, there is a “detail” that deserves our undivided attention more than all others and its name is D. Afonso Henriques. D. Afonso Henriques was the

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Happy 725º birthday, University of Coimbra!

Hotel Oslo is joining the University of Coimbra to celebrate a very important occasion to the city: the 725º anniversary of its university. The celebration, which began on March 1st, runs until December 4th and the program couldn’t be any more eclectic. The program, which celebrates the

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Academic Crisis of 1969

In Coimbra nobody can forget 1969 and the Academic Crisis. In that same year, the students of Coimbra and the president of the Associação Académica de Coimbra stood up against the regime imposed years before by Salazar,demanding more rights for the students. Defying all rules, Alberto Martins

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Coimbra: Mozarabic capital

Did you know Coimbra is considered the most Mozarabic city throughout Portugal’s history? The region’s integration in the Gharb al-Andalus – the name given to the Lusitanian territory under Arab occupation – lasted for three and a half centuries, between 714 and 1064. At the time, the

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The Lord of the Castles: the story of D. Sesnando

Coimbra. City of students, of the university, of love, of the Mondego river… and city of the castles. If you didn’t have time to find out more about Coimbra before visiting it, you may not know that the city and its surroundings are home to several castles

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Académica: Football and Freedom

With the students returning to Coimbra in September, we want to remember the history of the city’s emblematic football club. Académica’s Football Organism, known as Académica de Coimbra, is quite special. Not only because of its ancient history (the AAC is the oldest club in Portugal playing

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Grandola, Vila Morena

Portugal is a very musical country and, during our revolution, that happened on the 25th of April of 1974, songs worked like secret codes. One of our biggest authors and singerswas Zeca Afonso, who lived part of his life in Coimbra. He’s the author of the famous

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Baixa not shopping

Baixa Not Shopping is a permanent photographic exhibition in an underground parking lot in Coimbra downtown by Paulo Abrantes. The photos, many of them representative of icons of the tradional commerce, represent details of a commercial heritage that is day by day either disappearing, being recycled or

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Coimbra – UNESCO World Heritage

We proudly celebrate the inscription of Coimbra and the University of Coimbra into the restrict group of UNESCO World Heritage in Portugal. This has been a work of all. Contratulations Coimbra! University of Coimbra is now Heritage of Humanity The University of Coimbra and the historical center

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Luiz Goes

One of the great icons of the city’s culture is its song, the Fado. And the singer Luiz Goes, who died recently, with 79 years, was one of the great voices of Coimbra. Born in 1933, he graduated in Medicine at the University of Coimbra and worked

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