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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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Private Full-Day Coimbra World Heritage Tour from Lisbon, Lisbon, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Full-Day Coimbra World Heritage Tour from Lisbon

Delve into medieval myth and legend on this private Coimbra world heritage 8-hour tour from Lisbon. Known as the city of black capes, Coimbra overlooks the ...  Read more

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

From USD $378.25
Fátima and Coimbra Full Day Private Self-Guided Tour from Porto, Porto, Private Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Fátima and Coimbra Full Day Private Self-Guided Tour from Porto

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This tour allows you to take all the time you need to truly feel the energy at this place that is so special for all Catholics, for the very devout, as well ...  Read more

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

From USD $59.44
Fátima and Coimbra experience private tour, Porto, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Fátima and Coimbra experience private tour

In 1917, Our Lady appeared to three children in Fátima (central Portugal), turning the place into one of the most important Marian shrines in the world. ...  Read more

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

From USD $324.21
Coimbra and Bussaco Private Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Lisbon, Lisbon, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Coimbra and Bussaco Private Full Day Sightseeing Tour from Lisbon

Get out of the city and explore some of Portugal’s smaller towns during this private full-day tour of Coimbra and Bussaco from Lisbon. Home to the University ...  Read more

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

From USD $539.27
Private Full-Day Tour of Coimbra and Quinta das Lágrimas, Lisbon, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Full-Day Tour of Coimbra and Quinta das Lágrimas

Immerse yourself in legend on this private full-day tour of Coimbra and Quinta das Lágrimas. Visit the site of the tragic love story of the regal prince, ...  Read more

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

From USD $172.91
Small-Group Tour of Aveiro and Coimbra, Porto, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Small-Group Tour of Aveiro and Coimbra

Visit Aveiro, the 'Portuguese Venice' with its canals, Further south between the sound of guitars and the traditional student capes you will meet Coimbra, a ...  Read more

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

From USD $129.68

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