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Coimbra Travel Guide: 305 reviews and 732 photos


Birthplace of six kings and the seat of Portugal's first university, reputedly the second-oldest in the world, Coimbra's tradition runs deep, with black-caped students swarming the town during term time. Occupied by the Moors, the city was captured by the Christians in 1064, becoming the capital of the country under the first Portuguese dynasty. The capital was transferred to Lisbon in the 13th century. After 1567 it was one of three seats (with Lisbon and Évora) of the Inquisition in Portugal, who were particularly active here in the 1620s.

The city nowadays is quite degraded. I found many of the main buildings in bad state of conservation. It was sad to see that the 3rd biggest city in Portugal was abandoned this way. Coimbra deserves more from Portuguese government. Any way it's always worth to visit Coimbra.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Fantastic buildings, arquitecture and landscapes...
  • Cons:Quite degraded... :(
  • Last visit to Coimbra: Feb 2003
  • Intro Updated Feb 5, 2004
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  • hunterV's Profile Photo
    Jun 30, 2006 at 1:38 AM

    We don't have anything like that... Very interesting...

  • May 18, 2006 at 9:05 AM

    Café Santa Cruz

  • Leia79's Profile Photo
    Oct 5, 2005 at 5:33 AM

    I haven't been to Coimbra when I visited Portugal, what a shame! I only know it from that song of Amalia Rodrigues! ;)

  • Rubik's Profile Photo
    Aug 23, 2005 at 6:24 AM

    Amazing architecture!

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2005 at 11:51 AM

    How embarrassing, I've never heard of the place. Great work, especially fascinated by the Corpo de Deus.

  • Oct 25, 2004 at 9:32 AM

    Wonderful page on Coimbra! Obrigado!

  • Imbi's Profile Photo
    Feb 19, 2004 at 12:50 PM

    Very interesting and attractive buildings. who says that city could not be built by buildings. nice page.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Feb 15, 2004 at 2:07 PM

    great infos and lovely pics, Gonzalo ! That special style in architecture looks great !

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Feb 10, 2004 at 8:01 AM

    Great page Goncalo! Beautiful photos! Coimbra looks great, but sorry to hear some parts are quite degraded.

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2004 at 1:47 AM

    Beautiful city - beautiful and informative page!


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