UNESCO World Heritage Route

University of Coimbra – Alta and Sofia Take to the roads in the diversified Centre Region of Portugal and visit this wealthy heritage that not only belongs to us but has also become part of the humanity. The oldest university in Europe was listed as UNESCO World Heritage in 2013. Founded in 1290, the University of Coimbra is a reference in the Portuguese-speaking world, not only because it was the only university until the 20th century, but especially because it was a centre for the production and dissemination of Portuguese language and culture. A living example of integration in the physical territory and influential on a global scale. The university is housed in a royal palace and in several other university buildings of considerable historical significance, filled with wisdom and knowledge. An example of this is the breathtaking Baroque Joanina Library (from King John V’s reign) built in 1717. Each building is a repository of stories that make up the grand history of the University of Coimbra – come and discover it for yourself!


Largo da Porta Férrea GPS: 40.209028, -8.425129

T (+351) 239 859 900

T (+351) 239 859 884 (Ticket office)


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Opening Hours:

2 Mar to 30 Oct:

Ticket office: 8.30am-7pm
Visits: 9am-7.30pm 1 Mar to 31 Oct

University Tower: 10:30am-7.30pm 31

Oct to 1 Mar:
Ticket office: 9am-12:45pm | 1:45pm-4:30pm
Visits: 9.30am-1pm | 2pm-5pm
Closed: 1 Jan, 24, 25 and 31 Dec


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