Coimbra

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Coimbra
Municipality
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Coordinates: 40°12′40″N 8°25′45″W / 40.21111°N 8.42917°W / 40.21111; -8.42917Coordinates: 40°12′40″N 8°25′45″W / 40.21111°N 8.42917°W / 40.21111; -8.42917
Kintra  Portugal
Region Centro
Subregion Baixo Mondego
Intermunic. comm. Região de Coimbra
Destrict Coimbra
Pairishes 18
Government
 • Preses Manuel Machado (PS)
Area
 • Tot 319.40 km2 (123.32 sq mi)
Highest elevation 499 m (1,637 ft)
Lowest elevation 9 m (30 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Tot 143,396
 • Density 450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zone WET/WEST (UTC+0/+1)
Postal code 3000
Aurie code 292
Patron Rainha Santa Isabel
Website www.cm-coimbra.pt

Coimbra (Portuguese pronunciation: [kuˈĩbɾɐ]) is a ceety in the municipality o Coimbra in Portugal. Although it served as the naition's caipital durin the Heich Middle Ages, it is better-kent for its university, the University o Coimbra, which, established in 1290, is ane o the auldest in Europe an the auldest academic institution in the Portuguese-speakin warld.

There are mony airchaeological structures which date tae the Roman era, when Coimbra wis the settlement o Aeminium, such as its well-preserved aqueduct an cryptoporticus. Similarly, biggins frae the period when Coimbra served as the caipital o Portugal (frae 1139 tae aboot 1260) still remain. Durin the Late Middle-Ages, wi its decline as the poleetical centre o the Kinrick o Portugal, Coimbra began tae evolve intae a major cultural centre, wi the foondation o the University o Coimbra in 1290. The university, ane o the auldest in Europe, apairt frae attractin mony European an internaitional students, is visitit bi tourists for its monuments an history.

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