Universidade de Coimbra Alta & Sofia, Coimbra

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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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  • This is a strategic point to understand Coimbra’s geographical reality. Looking inland one gets the notion that the territory is marked by mountains; looking the coastal side one sees that the plains....  more »
  • As the other parts of this wonderful and beautiful university, the buildings are very impressive and it is really highly recommended to spend time visiting and enjoying the location.  more »
  • 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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