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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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Coimbra Ceramics Factory – Living Museum

The rebirth of a heritage industry. For centuries, the name of Coimbra reached many corners of the world thanks to its strong connection to the art of pottery. The first artists of the city appeared in the 16th century. Later, next to the banks of the Mondego

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Visit the “Torre de Almedina”

… and make a trip to the middle ages. From the eleventh century, the “Torre de Almedina” built on the “Arco de Almedina“, had as function to watch and defend the main access door to the interior of the city wall. Due to its strategic importance, it was one of

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Visiting the Tower of the University of Coimbra

The most beautiful view over Coimbra. Standing 34 meters high, from the Tower of the Universidade de Coimbra you can enjoy a beautiful city view. You can see Choupal and Lapa, the Rainha Santa e Santa Clara bridges, the Pedro e Inês pedestrian bridge, the Santa Clara a Velha Monastery, Portugal dos Pequenitos, Quinta das Lágrimas, Sé Velha, Machado de Castro Museum, Law School courtyard

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Quinta das Lágrimas Gardens

Fount of tears. Do you know the love story between D. Pedro and D. Inês de Castro? Part of this love story happened in Quinta das Lágrimas gardens, located on the opposite side of Mondego River. In general traits, D. Pedro was completely in love for D. Inês, one of the maids of his wife, D. Constança. They

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Praça do Comércio

The Praça do Comércio is one of the main squares in Coimbra’s historical center. This square, the same place where the Church of Santiago is located, hosts the city’s famous Antiques Fair every month. The church was built in the turn of the 12th century and it’s

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Laboratorio Chimico

Once we’ve established that Coimbra is undoubtedly a city of the future, let’s go back to the past, almost to the origin of the city’s need to innovate. In the eighteenth century, one of the greatest Portuguese scientific centers was located in Coimbra: we are talking about

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The Monumental Stairs

Monumental Stairs (Escadas Monumentais) is one of the most important monuments of Coimbra and one of the spots where students love to integrate the freshmen by doing the praxe (the initiation rituals freshmen are subjected to). Built during the twentieth century, in the 1950s, the staircase connects

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