The University of Coimbra is one of the oldest universities in the world. Once the royal palace, the Velha Universidade, or Old University, is the oldest part of the school and is a beautiful place. We were able to tour the university, starting with the Joanine Library, and working our way through the buildings. If you visit Coimbra, the Old University is a required stop on your journey.
This photo is from the wide Paço das Escolas, the main square of the Old University. On the left is the famous bell tower and straight ahead is the Via Latina, which is the entrance to the part of the University that was the royal palace. As beautiful as the exterior is, the interior is stunning. The Joanine Library, the Capela de São Miquel, and the Sala dos Capelos are just three of the many beautiful spaces in the Old University.