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.

Coimbra
Almedina-CCBY.jpg
Banner o Coimbra
Banner
Coat of airms o Coimbra
Coat airms
LocalCoimbra.svg
Kintra Portugal
RegionCentro
SubregionBaixo Mondego
Intermunic. comm.Região de Coimbra
DestrictCoimbra
Pairishes18
Govrenment
 • PresesManuel Machado (PS)
Area
 • Total319.40 km2 (123.32 sq mi)
Highest elevation
499 m (1,637 ft)
Lowest elevation
9 m (30 ft)
Population
 (2011)
 • Total143,396
 • Density450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Time zoneWET/WEST (UTC+0/+1)
Postal code
3000
Aurie code292
Coordinates40°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
PatronRainha Santa Isabel
Websitewww.cm-coimbra.pt

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.

Twin touns — Sister ceetiesEedit

Coimbra is twinned wi:[1]

ReferencesEedit

  1. "Acordos de Geminação" (in Portuguese). © 2009 Câmara Municipal de Coimbra – Praça 8 de Maio – 3000-300 Coimbra. Retrieved 25 Juin 2009. freemit airtin in |publisher= (help)
  2. Association of twinnings and international relations of Aix-en-Provence
  3. Mairie of Aix-en-Provence – Twinnings and partnerships
  4. "A Message from the Peace Commission: Information on Cambridge's Sister Cities," February 15, 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  5. Richard Thompson. "Looking to strengthen family ties with 'sister cities'," Boston Globe, October 12, 2008. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  6. Prefeitura.Sp – Descentralized Cooperation
  7. International Relations – São Paulo City Hall – Official Sister Cities
  8. Ayuntamiento de Zaragoza. Hermanamientos y Protocolos de Colaboración