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Admire the array of architectural styles and traditional atmosphere at Universidade de Coimbra Alta & Sofia, one of the world's oldest universities and a World Heritage Site. Though originally established in Lisbon in 1290, the institution officially moved to Alta and Sofia in 1537. Visit the oldest university in Portugal and see the complex's stunning architecture, which spans several centuries. Highlights include the 12th-century cathedral of Santa Cruz, 16th-century colleges, Baroque-style Joanine library, and 18th-century botanical garden. Climb the university tower for excellent views and take a tour of the royal palace of Alcáçova. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Universidade de Coimbra Alta & Sofia and many more Coimbra attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Coimbra journey maker tool .
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Universidade de Coimbra Alta & Sofia Reviews
Non si può andare a Coimbra e non vedere l'Univeristà in tutti i suoi dettagli, Per i più avventurosi, tentate di entrare lungo i corridoi e vicino alle aule delle varie Facoltà, sono esperienze e sen... more »You can not go to Coimbra and do not see the University in all its details, For the more adventurous, try to enter along the corridors and near the classrooms of the various Faculties, are unforgettable experiences and sensations that will make you return, for those who have frequenatao university, good times gone on....
Ancien palais fortifié lors de la domination musulmane, c'est là où presque tous les rois de la première dynastie sont nés. Le Palais Royal vaut surtout la visite pour son imposante salle des Actes do... more »Ancient palace fortified during Muslim rule, this is where almost all the kings of the first dynasty were born. The Royal Palace is especially worth a visit for its imposing Actes room with a coffered ceiling and a royal portrait gallery. Students take courses sitting on wooden benches.
It’s very well kept older craftsmanship when visiting the royal chapel and library inside. This is a real university with students around the place.
Nice old buildings but 90% of the palace is not open to tourists. The Library is usually fully booked by tour groups. At 10am in mid September the only available time to visit it was at 1240pm. We could not wait that long, unfortunately. So this review is of the other areas. As with many attractions, huge bus groups fill up the rooms and virtually refuse to allow other visitors to get by. Why don't places like this ask the guides to leave a bit of room for other paying visitors to get in, or get past their group while they listen to a 15 minute spiel?
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