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VISIT Universidade de Coimbra

Iron Gate

The entrance and exit of the Iron Gate are
crowned by the representation of Wisdom

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Iron Gate

The Iron Gate welcomes the entry into the building that was
the Citadel of Coimbra, the old palace of the Alcáçova

Created in the final years of the 10th century, during the period of Muslim domination, the Alcáçova (fortress) - uptown area where the defence officials resided - would be inhabited by the Portuguese kings from 1130, making it the first Royal Palace of the country.

Today, the elements of military architecture that protected the entrance to the medieval fortress are no longer visible, though, inside the building, there are still traces of the two semicircular towers that flanked it.

Naturally, the second third of the 17th century - when the security concerns had lost relevance and the towers around the city had been converted into housing - the Iron Gate was built filled with symbols and images that clearly adopted a university language.

The entrance and exit of the Iron Gate are crowned by the representation of Wisdom - the symbol of the University that also appears in the paved walk that precedes the entry.

Just below Wisdom arise in central location - one at the entrance and the other on the exit - the two kings who marked the history of the institution: on the entrance, John III, whose statue is in the courtyard, and outside the Iron Gate, King Dinis, the founder of the University.

Laterally, the largest faculties of the time are represented by female figures: on the outside, Law and Medicine, and the inner side, Theology and Canon Law.

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References

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A Universidade de Coimbra: Uma visita a partir Páteo.
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Imprensa da Universidade de Coimbra.