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This venerable building hosts the famous University Of Coimbra founded in 1290.
I was lucky during my recent trip to Portugal to picture it with a group of young students posing with their traditional black cape in front of the main building. (you will see a closer view in the next post)
It is now the period of the Queima das Fitas (burning of the ribbons) ...time for celebration !

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The university was founded, or ratified, in 1290 by King Dinis, having begun its existence in Lisbon.
In 1537, during the reign of João III, the university moved definitively to Coimbra, where it was installed in the Alcaçova Palace.
more on :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/University_of_Coimbra
http://www.uc.pt

and more about the students traditions and festivities (sponsored by beer suppliers ;-) on :
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queima_das_Fitas

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