The ONDM 2023 meeting will take place at the Department of Mathematics, of the Faculty of Sciences and Technology of the University of Coimbra, in the main campus “Pólo I” (in Alta, UNESCO’s World Heritage), Coimbra, Portugal, and is hosted by INESC Coimbra (INESCC).
If it’s your first time in Portugal, we will tell you here how to get to Coimbra and the Department of Mathematics of the University of Coimbra.
Address: Departamento de Matemática da FCTUC, Largo D. Dinis, Coimbra, Portugal
(GPS: N 40°12’28.30″, W 8°25’22.53″)
Coimbra served as the nation’s capital during the High Middle Ages, and it is better-known for its university, the University of Coimbra. Its foundation dates from 1111, but it previously had Arab, Roman and Celtic occupations.
Coimbra is a city of students and that can be perceived throughout the year, in the many pubs, restaurants and “Repúblicas” (student residences).
Downtown (Baixa) in the shopping area you should visit the historic Café Santa Cruz, where you can enjoy a “Crúzio”, one of the many regional pastries Coimbra has to offer. Then you can visit the Monastery of Santa Cruz, which houses the tomb of the first King of Portugal, Afonso Henriques.
Half up the hill to the University (Alta), you can find the Old Cathedral. On its steps the Monumental Serenade takes place in which students dressed in black capes sing the Coimbra Fado. If you are curious about Coimbra Fado please hear the Balada da Despedida (Farewell Ballad), by Grupo de Fado “Mensagem” (Serenata 2016) or hear the Monumental Serenade of 2019 before COVID-19.
Coimbra holds many more interesting places to visit besides the Old University (Alta) campus. We recommend the Machado de Castro National Museum which contains the Roman Cryptoporticus from the 1st century. It is very well preserved because it was filled with earth to support the new Bishop’s Palace built on top of it. It holds an impressive collection of art. It is definitely worth a visit!
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The history of the University of Coimbra dates back to the century subsequent to the very foundation of the Portuguese nation, since the University was established in the 13th century, in 1290.
More information about the main historical landmarks of the University of Coimbra, with references to the history of Portugal, and the appointment of all the rectors of the institution from the 13th century to the present day, can be found here.
With over seven centuries of history, University of Coimbra has a remarkable material and immaterial heritage and represents a fundamental piece of the European and world scientific cultural history.
The University of Coimbra, one of the most relevant educational institutions in Portugal and abroad, was granted UNESCO’s World Heritage status.
For tourist information, you can visit the Official tourism website, the University of Coimbra and UC World Heritage Site – University of Coimbra, Alta and Sofia to learn about all of the sights, activities, restaurants, and more available during your stay in Coimbra.