Coimbra is a fabulous old city, with many attractions: monasteries, cathedrals, yet the University of Coimbra beats them all. Its faculties are located in different parts of the city, and to get to the main building you have to climb to the top of the hill. Not an easy way, especially in the heat, and quite symbolic! As you mount the Monumental Stairs, you see the statue of the founder of the University, King Dinis, and when you finally step onto the courtyard, there’s another one - João III, who transferred the Portuguese university to Coimbra, awarded scholarships and did a lot more for the university. Tremendous old buildings form the tree walls of the courtyard, and instead of the fourth there’s an observation deck from where you have a great view of the city and Mondego river. The tour ticket includes a visit to several places; there’s no guide, so you explore them in any order. The Chapel impresses with light joyful colours, so different from all Portuguese igrejas.
Tip: There’re no audio guides but all the officials in the modern library, the Chapel, Joanina willingly answer your questions. And don’t miss the entrance to academic prison in the modern library, you can go down and imagine what it was like to be an inmate for stealing the Cabra.
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