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VISIT Universidade de Coimbra

Via Latina

The University of Coimbra is one of the fifteen
universities that emerged in Europe

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Via Latina

The University of Coimbra is one of the fifteen universities
that emerged in Europe until the late thirteenth century

Under the influence of King John III, the University opens to the world in a period of splendour in which it is served by many leading figures, both Portuguese and foreign. By this time, the building is also released from the protective wall, allowing the enjoyment of a magnificent view over the river Mondego, symbolically represented by the statue of the monarch, John III at the centre of the courtyard.

The University of Coimbra is one of the fifteen universities that emerged in Europe until the late thirteenth century, only preceded by Bologna that dates from the previous century. Portugal was the fifth country to be endowed with such an institution.

The date accepted for its foundation is March 1, 1290, however, it is possible that, on that date, the University was already operating.

In its early medieval period, the University operates alternately in the two cities that shared the statute of capital of the country: Coimbra and Lisbon.

Thus, the General Studies created, in Lisbon, by rule of King Dinis are transferred to Coimbra in 1308. King Afonso IV takes them back to Lisbon in 1338. These changes will happen until King John III establishes the University of Portugal, permanently in Coimbra, in the year 1537.

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