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Universidade de Coimbra Alta & Sofia

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Rua do Arco da Traicao, Coimbra 3000-056, Portugal
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 18 September 2016

The real attraction is the Law Faculty and Rectory. The remainder of the university in the Alta is basically fascist architecture which was built during the Salazar dictatorship. Previously numerous faculties had been downtown (the Baixa) in Rua da Sofia (Street of Knowledge), but Salazar...More

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Reviewed 25 August 2017

We heard Coimbra is beautiful so made a detour on our way to Porto to stop here. We got here at Sunday at around 19:00. The elevator was closed so we climbed up on foot. The views were nice but the place was deserted. It...More

1  Thank nina s
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All reviews lovely place to visit beautiful university the main square steeped in history university buildings interesting place couple of hours baroque library guided tour chapel europe students gowns lecture tradition faculties palace
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We planned our trip with a stop in Coimbra to see the university. We were glad we did.....We did do the tour - self guided through the palace and the chapel and the timestamped ticket for the library. We enjoyed it all, the views, the...More

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Reviewed 7 October 2018 via mobile

We didn’t go into any of the buildings but the square is very nice. Situated at the top of the hill there are great views of the surrounding countryside. Worth the hike.

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Reviewed 13 September 2018

A great place to see! it is an amazing university. What a bonus to go to school and have those views!

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Reviewed 10 September 2018

We did not take the guided tour; wonderful old university and town, well worth spending some time exploring the university with its old buildings, libraries. Place has a lot of old history here, so do take the time to research it before you get here....More

1  Thank alikarim
Reviewed 11 August 2018

The University of Coimbra is really a must in the region. To get there, you have to wait to buy the ticket (a bottle of water will be given to you by a student in case of hot weather) and you will have a time...More

1  Thank leonardo_1964
Reviewed 25 June 2018 via mobile

This University is still working. It is unusual to see historical places that are still functioning. The library and chapel were impressive, but you can't take photos in the library. The courtyard in the main complex is huge and showcases many facades. There are views...More

Thank Gita W
Reviewed 4 June 2018

We were very interested in learning about the history and traditions of the university in Coimbra. However, it is interesting that the university maintains the upkeep of its oldest buildings but many of the newer ones look very shabby and uncared for. How much would...More

1  Thank Claremont77
Reviewed 29 May 2018

This university is a lovely place to visit, full of culture and history. There is a lot to see, the library, science center, church and palace. the botanical gardens are also a great place to walk through and see. The students still wear the black...More

Thank Shelli K
Reviewed 19 May 2018

We took the took of the old university during a recent visit to Coimbra and loved it. The visit is well-laid out and the tickets include the beautiful library. Entry to the library is timed, but you can do the rest of the buildings included...More

Thank betteskid
Reviewed 17 March 2018

The architecture and statues were quite beautiful in the main square. The view was terrific if one stood in front of the prince's statue. However, I was absolutely fascinated with so many young female students wearing their black full length capes. We didn't have that...More

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