Coimbra University, one of the oldest and exquisite in world

Coimbra is a city with a special mystique, same as Coimbra University. It is one of the first in Europe, in the 13th century. Portugal was actually the fifth country to be endowed with a university. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most popular attractions in Portugal.

Most noteworthy are the 18th-century tower and the Joanina Library. With a peculiar architecture and an endless archive. So, this should be on your list of things to do in Coimbra. Its construction dates 1717 and it is considered the most beautiful Portuguese library.

The library has around 300 000 ancient books, some of them dating from the 12th century. The walls are red, dark green and have black shelves with golden details.

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