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Coimbra Travel Guide

Best of Coimbra

Museu Machado de Castro: The Museum is named after an 8th century sculptor. It is housed in the former archbishop's palace and includes various sculptures, paintings and furniture.

The University of Coimbra: It was founded in 1290 and also holds the University library, which is decorated with engraved wood in green, red and gold. The library now operates as a museum with a collection about of 300,000 volumes.

Botanical Gardens: It was created by the Marquis of Pombal and are generally regarded as some of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Portugal.

Se Velha (Coimbra Old Cathedral): The Cathedral dates back from the reign of King Afonso Henriques and is based on Romanesque style, which was popular at that period in Coimbra. It is one of the most important Romanesque buildings in Portugal.

Saint Michael Chapel: The ornately is very small, but beautifully decorated. The Manueline (architectural style unique to Portugal) was built in the 16th century and later remodeled.

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