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Coimbra University World Heritage and Fatima

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Fátima is the religious capital of Portugal, and an essential place of visit for many people. This is the place where Our Lady appeared to the 3 children on the 13th. of May 1917, two of them, Francisco and Jacinta - beatified by John Paul II on May 13, 2002. Between 4 to 6 Million Pilgrims visit Fátima all year round. ●University of Coimbra One of the oldest universities in the world founded in 1291 is situated on a hill overlooking the city, the University of Coimbra-Alta and Sofia has grown and evolved over more than seven centuries to form its own well-defined urban area of two components within the old town of Coimbra. The Biblioteca Joanina, or university library, is one of the most visited buildings in Coimbra's university complex. Construction was started in 1717.

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Stop At: University of Coimbra, Paco das Escolas, Coimbra 3000-240 Portugal

Visit to one of the oldest universities in the world founded in 1291 with the stunning library built in 1717 at the behest of King John V of Portugal, the Joanine Library was constructed for the University of Coimbra to house its book collection.
Today it is one of the most significant archival libraries in the world and contains some 56, 000 books.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Fatima, Fatima, Santarem District, Central Portugal

Visit to Fátima, the biggest pilgrimage site in the world to honour the Virgin Mary visited all year round by about 6 million visitors. Millions of pilgrims go there to pay their promises, to pray or just to feel its mystical strength! The Sanctuary Square is so big that it can only be described by numbers: it can receive simultaneously 300. 000 to 500. 000 visitors and it's almost twice the size of St. Peter's Square in the Vatican.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Coimbra, Coimbra, Coimbra District, Central Portugal

Visit to the historical former moorish quarter Almedina.

Duration: 1 hour