The event will take place in the University of Coimbra, established 1290, and one of the oldest universities in the world, currently with over 20.000 students, and therefore considered the most cosmopolitan portuguese university. If one adds the other higher education institutions in the city, Coimbra sums up to 35.000 students, and for that reason is known as “The City of Students”, “The City of Knowledge” or even “The Lusitan Athens”.
It was founded by Romans as Aeminium, and is located in the centre of Portugal. It still contains well preserved remains of ancient times, from which are example the visitable cryptoporticus, an underground gallery built around the 1st century AD to support the Forum of the city, the 13th Century Gothic Monastery of Sta Clara-a-Velha, the 12th Century Romanesque Cathedral of Sé Velha, and the 11th Century Church of S. Tiago. Coimbra was formerly a walled city, and some remains of this wall are still visible in the old part of the city. Also, the first portuguese King, D. Afonso Henriques is buried in the 11th Century Monastery of Sta. Cruz, a National Pantheon.
The site of “University of Coimbra, Alta and Sofia” was added to the World Heritage List in 2013, making it one of the most visited monument sites in Portugal.
In the area of the University one can find many cultural landmarks such as the Machado de Castro Museum, the Great Library of the University of Coimbra as well as the 18th Century Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra.
Home to the very characteristic Fado de Coimbra, and bathed by the Mondego river, Coimbra is a very welcoming and tourist-friendly city.