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University of Coimbra (Universidade de Coimbra)

Portugal’s most famous and prestigious university, the University of Coimbra is one of Europe’s oldest colleges and has become a popular tourist attraction in its own right. First established in Lisbon in 1290, the university moved to its current location in 1537 and today stands proudly at the highest point of the town.

Touring the vast hilltop campus unveils an array of historic architecture, most notably the imposing 18th-century University Tower, an important landmark of the Old Town, and the renowned 18th-century Biblioteca Joanina (João V Library), an elaborately decorated National Monument. Around 300,000 ancient books grace the shelves of the famed library and the richly decorated interiors are a show-stopping display of Portuguese art and architectural design, featuring two-tiers of exotic wood shelves, gilded pillars and intricate ceiling paintings by Lisbon artists Simões Ribeiro and Vicente Nunes.

Visitors can also tour the ornate baroque Capela de São Miguel, the Sala dos Capelos (Graduates’ Hall) and the 16th-century University Church, home to a museum of sacred art. The university also runs the 18th-century Botanical Gardens, the largest in Portugal stretching over 13 hectares of the idyllic Ursulinas Valley and featuring over 1,200 exotic plant and flower varieties.

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Fatima and Coimbra Day Trip from Porto

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

Discover the pilgrimage site of Fatima and the university city of Coimbra on a day trip from Porto! The full-day tour includes a visit to the Sanctuary of Our ...  Read more

Location: Porto, Portugal
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.46

Coimbra and Bussaco Private Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Lisbon

Coimbra of knowledge, fado and history. There’s an old Portuguese song that says “Coimbra of knowledge, fado and history”.

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $564.43

Private Tour: Love and Tragedy

Join this private tour and immerse yourself in the tragic love story of Peter and Inês de Castro. Learn of a tale consisting of true passion as you see ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $226.22

Coimbra World Heritage Private Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

Coimbra, known worldwide for having one of the oldest university towns in the world, offers many possibilities to its visitors. City of the black capes, ...  Read more

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.29

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