Pictures of holidays in portugal

April 6, 2008

Coimbra

Coimbra is the former capital of Potugal during the first dinasty period and home to the University of Coimbra, the oldest academic institution in the Portuguese-speaking world. Like most university cities, it comprises a large number of dislocated students from outside Coimbra among its residents.

Coimbra is one of the most important urban centers of Portugal after the much larger Lisbon Metropolitan Area and Porto Metropolitan Area conurbations, and plays a role as the chief urban centre of the central part of the country. The city contains important archeological remains of structures dating from the time when it was the Roman town of Aeminium, such as its well-preserved aqueduct and cryptoporticus, as well as from the period when it served as the capital of Portugal (from 1139 to about 1260). In the Late Middle-Ages, declining as the political centre of the Kingdom of Portugal, Coimbra began to evolve into a major cultural centre with the foundation of the University of Coimbra in 1290. The university, one of the oldest in Europe, attracts visitors from around the world due to its monumental buildings and history, making the city an important touristic destination.

Photo by: Truques

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