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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 and the D.Dinis statue. The University of Coimbra Tower was one of the first European university towers. Baroque style, it was edified between 1728 and 1733 and designed by the arquithect António Caneveri. Besides the weather, the clock communicates the time using its bells and the academic life was always guided by them. The current clock is from 1866-67,  which has replaced the one that has exercised previously. About the bells, the most famous of the four is that one which faces the Mondego River and it´s known as a Cabra (the goat). Even today, the bells still gathers the academic community for the solemn acts and announces, in funereal tone, the death of a professor at the Academy. Challenge yourself to climb the 180 steps of this beautiful tower and be dazzled by the superb view over the city. 

Note: The tour is not recommended for people with cardiorespiratory problems or suffering from claustrophobia or lightheadedness.


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