The University of Coimbra

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The University of Coimbra is one of the oldest universities in the world. Created in 1290, a century after the birth of the nation by King Dinis, the University of Coimbra started operating in Lisbon alternating between the two cities until 1537, when it is definitively settled in the city of Coimbra by the river Mondego.

Initially confined to the Royal Palace, the University spread throughout the city of Coimbra, while modifying its landscape and that of the University City. It later enlarged with the creation of Pole II, dedicated to Engineering and Technology, and with a third pole devoted to Life Sciences.

Over seven centuries, the University of Coimbra has graduated some of the most distinguished personalities of national culture, science and politics  and become a major reference in the scientific culture of Europe and the World.

The University of Coimbra, having a unique tangible and intangible heritage, has been recently (2013) classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site.
Website: http://www.uc.pt/

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