University of Coimbra

Initially instituted in Lisbon, by king D. Dinis, the university is definitely transferred to Coimbra in 1537 following the orders of D. João III. In 2013, the University of Coimbra is officially recognized by the United Nations as a UNESCO World Heritage site.

The University of Coimbra is the oldest Portuguese university and for centuries the only university in Portugal.

The Courtyard of the Schools Hall contains all of the university faculties and is considered to be not only the historical nucleus of the university, but also of the city of Coimbra.

The imposing Great Hall of Acts - better known as Sala dos Capelos - is a place where the most important academic ceremonies take place, such as doctoral exams.

The Arms Room displays weapons that belonged to the extinct Royal Academic Guard, which had the function of guarding the University area.

The Joanina Library is one of the greatest symbols of the Portuguese Baroque. It was ordered to be built by D. João V, and now houses a large bibliographical collection. In order to conserve the many rare books, the library has two colonies of bats that eliminate insects that could eventually damage the books.

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Adress: Paço das Escolas 3000-004 Coimbra

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