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Escadas Monumentais (Monumental Stairs)

Published by Mafalda J. Barata — 9 years ago

If you are going to study at the University of Coimbra, you will probably have to climb them. If not, you will probably pass by. Either way, you should know a few things about them.

Those stairs have been in Coimbra for hundreds of years, and they are very well-known among students. Downstairs you can find cheap places to eat, like "Amarelas", a café that also has an outside bar with very cheap sandwiches. And at the top, straight ahead, you will find the statue of D. Dinis, the founder of the University of Coimbra.

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Curiosities:

  1. There are 150 stairs, information that most of the freshmen (caloiros) like myself, had to find out by counting them, drunk, as a form of "praxe".
  2. At the top, you will see, on each side, two globes made of rock. A well-known tale that has been passed through generations is that the day a virgin passes by those globes they will fall and roll down the stairs.

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P. S: The best video I found (in the web link) was of some guys at the monumental stairs...

My suggestion: go check them out on your own!

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