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University Of Coimbra, Coimbra - Address, Phone Number

Address: 3000-213 Coimbra, Portugal

Phone: +351-239859900

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

Timings: 10:00 am - 06:00 pm Details

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The oldest university in the country, and one of the oldest in continuous operation in the world, this university is an important monument for all of humanity! It was established in 1290 King Dinis, and settled here in the Royal Palace of the “Alcaçova” 1544. And appropriately, UNESCO added to the world heritage list in 2013. It has two major sections - the Palace of Schools, and the The College of Jesus (oldest Jesuit college in the world).

Visitors to the campus should check out:

  • The Iron Gate: See the sculptural representations of Theology, Law, Medicine and Canons at the site of the entry of the original 10th century Muslim fortress that once stood here.
  • The University Tower: The landmark of both the city and the university, the 34 meters high 18th century tower by Antonio Cannevari was meant to be an astronomical observatory. It has the best views of the city
  • The Armory: Weapons (halberds) of the former Royal Academic Guard, still used in formal ceremonies today
  • Museu Academico / Academic Museum: A museum dedicated to student life in the University of Coimbra - music, sports, arts, related documentaries and a library
  • Sala dos Capelos (Hall of Capes): Once the country’s first Throne Room, this grand hall is now used for ceremonies and examinations.
  • Chapel of St Michael: The 11th century original chapel here was also dedicated to the same Saint. The gorgeous art and craftwork you see here today is from the Baroque period. Check out the incredible Grand Organ with 2000 pipes.

University Of Coimbra Information

  • Groups visits require prior appointments.
  • Children under 6 not allowed inside the tower.

University Of Coimbra Ticket Prices

  • Free for 12 years of age and under.
  • 50% off for kids 13-18 years of age.

Type of tour programme:

  • Program 1 From the Palace to the College 12€ (this combines programmes 3 and 4).
  • Program 2 Coimbra World Heritage 5,50€.
  • Program 3 Palace of Schools 10€.
  • Program 4 Science Museum 5€.
  • Program 5 Tower of the University 2€.
  • There are discounts for under 26 and over 65 years of age.
  • There are various pricing options for visits by groups, guided tours, and visits at night.
  • Guided tours: € 15.00 per person.

University Of Coimbra Opening and Closing Hours

Tourist Circuit:

  • November: February: 9.00am to 1.00pm and 2.00pm - 5.00pm
  • March: October 9am-7:30pm
  • Tower of the University: 10.00am - 7pm

Academic Museum:

  • Monday to Friday: 9 am to 12.30 pm - 2 pm to 5.30 pm.
  • Closed on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
  • Guided tours at 11am and 3pm.

How To reach University Of Coimbra by Public Transport

  • Smtuc Elevator
  • Bus routes: 1A, 34 e 103
  • Walk to here.
  • Drive to Praca de Republica and park there.

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  • The university is situated in an amazing location; top the hill with an amazing look out to the river and city. The evening view during the sunset is highly recommended however, the place itself is amazing all the time.Their Joania library is grand and majestic. One of the must places to see. You’ll feel lucky to have seen this historical and one of the oldest university in Europe. This place is also recognized by UNESCO world heritage site.

  • We chose Programa 1, which was definitely worth it- the library was included, as was the tower, which has an amazing view of the city. Not too crowded at all, only a few tour buses came while we were there. We never felt crowded or rushed and could spend as much time in each location as we wanted. Go!

  • A visit to Portugal's oldest university with its beautiful historic buildings is obligation.

  • It's a bit pricy but is worth the visit. There are different packages for entering the university, and if you have no particular interest in science and are there just for sightseeing/architecture, then go for the package that give you access to the chapel/Phdcommencement room/the library. P.s. if you get lost in the building and accidentally walk into one of their empty class rooms, snap a quick picture and then politely find your way out back to the tourist area. It's easy to get lost and these class rooms are actually used for students who study there...

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  • Lots of old buildings, really cool views of the city. Lots of history but not that exciting.

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