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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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Santa Cruz Church: National Pantheon

The Monastery of Santa Cruz, located in the historical center of Coimbra was foundedin 1131 by the ‘Ordem dos CónegosRegrantes de Santo Agostinho’. The Church of Santa Cruz, part of the complex, is one of the best examples of 12th century Romanesque architecture in Portugal. The church

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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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University of Coimbra

The early history of the institution that would become the University of Coimbra dates back to 1290, when King D. Dinis signed the famous Scientiae Thesaurus Mirabilis. The document, later recognized by the Pope Nicholas IV, originated the General Study a century after the birth of the

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Penela’s Holy Crib

This year Penela is the home of two amazing holy cribs that will surely attract tens of thousands of visitors. The village, located about 35 kilometers from Coimbra, is famous for the Holy Crib of Espinhal, a special installation with about 260 square meters that includes representative

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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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Culture and sports: a match made in Coimbra

How can you consistently connect the world of knowledge and culture to the world of sports? Coimbra holds the answer. The “city of students” is not only home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, but is also the host of several associations and sports sections

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