What to see in Coimbra
Coimbra was the medieval capital of Portugal for more than a hundred years, and is home to the country’s largest university for the last five centuries. Its city has a great influence in the history of Portugal. Today is a compact city, which must be visited on foot. Its historical region is next to a valley on the bank of the Mondego river.
Old Sé – Coimbra
The construction of the Old Cathedral began in the twelfth century under the guidance of Mestre Roberto, who directed the work of the Lisbon Cathedral at the same time. The Romanesque church. The one-story cloister, arranged laterally south of the church, was built in the early 13th century.
Inside the church, the headland, the lantern tower on the cruise, the medieval tombs and the Seville Sevillian tiles that cover the pillars and ships, today circumscribed to some spans and arcosols.
The Joanine Library is an 18th century library located in the Palace of the Schools of the University of Coimbra, in the courtyard of the Faculty of Law of the University of Coimbra. being recognized with one of the most original and spectacular European baroque libraries. In addition to many scholars’ research sites, space is still often used for concerts, exhibitions and other cultural events.
Portugal dos Pequenitos
If you come to Portugal with your youngest children you may miss a visit to this incredible recreation of our country Portugal. As it is popularly referred to, it is located on the Rossio de Santa Clara, in the Coimbra district of Portugal. It is a theme park designed and built as a playful, educational and tourist space to show aspects of Portuguese culture and heritage, in Portugal and in the world.
Church of Santa Cruz
Situated on the banks of the Mondego, the Monastery of Santa Cruz is one of the oldest and most important monuments of Coimbra, founded in 1131 by the Canons Regrantes of St. Augustine. D. Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, came here to attend religious services when he returned from his Christian Reconquest battles.
Conímbriga is a settlement established since the Copper Age which was an important center during the Roman Empire and which remained inhabited until at least the ninth century. National Monument, having been the scene of excavations since the 19th century.
It is located seventeen kilometers from Coimbra, in the parish of Condeixa-a-Velha, two kilometers from Condeixa-a-Nova. Monographic Museum of Conímbriga, where many of the artifacts found in archaeological excavations are exhibited.
São Miguel Chapel
The small but charming São Miguel Chapel was built in 1517. The project belonged to Marcos Pires, author of the Manueline side portal of naturalistic features completed by Diogo de Castilho. The entrance is made by a neoclassical portal of José de Carvalho elaborated in 1780. In the interior, the walls of the high choir and the tribune present / display panels of tile of coimbrão manufacture of the century. XVIII of Dutch influence. In the nave, the tiles are from the 16th century. 17th of Lisbon office.