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University of Coimbra – Alta and Sofia
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 12-20 centuries
Date of Inscription: 2013
Location: Europe, Portugal, Alta and Sofia
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Description: Situated on a hill overlooking the city, the University of Coimbra with its colleges grew and evolved over more than seven centuries within the old town. Notable university buildings include the 12th century Cathedral of Santa Cruz and a number of 16th century colleges, the Royal Palace of Alcáçova, which has housed the University since 1537, the Joanine Library with its rich baroque decor, the 18th century Botanical Garden and University Press, as well as the large “University City” created during the 1940s. The University’s edifices became a reference in the development of other institutions of higher education in the Portuguese-speaking world where it also exerted a major influence on learning and literature. Coimbra offers an outstanding example of an integrated university city with a specific urban typology as well as its own ceremonial and cultural traditions that have been kept alive through the ages. --WHMNet's description is from WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  The University of Coimbra (UC) (Portuguese: Universidade de Coimbra, pronounced: [univɨɾsiˈdad(ɨ) dɨ kuˈĩbɾɐ]) is a Portuguese public university in Coimbra, Portugal. Established in 1290, it is one of the oldest universities in continuous operation in the world, the oldest university of Portugal, and one of its largest higher education and research institutions. It is organized into eight different faculties according to a wide range of fields, granting academic bachelor's (licenciado), master's (mestre) and doctorate (doutor) degrees in arts, engineerings, humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, social sciences, sports and technologies. It is a founding member of the Coimbra Group, a group of leading European research universities, whose inaugural meeting it hosted. The University of Coimbra has approximately 20,000 students, and hosts one of the largest communities of international students in Portugal, being the most cosmopolitan Portuguese university. On June 22, 2013, UNESCO added the university to its World Heritage List. --Wikipedia []. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
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Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center ( 2. Wikipedia.
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