The city with different beautiful places for visitors makes them happy. City’s botanical garden is the most beautiful place created by The Marquis of Pombal. The garden, with many rare species has a vast collection of ornamental features such as statues and fountain. Anto Tower- It was part of the city´s fortified walls, but stopped being used for military purposes in the 15th century and was adapted to receive lodgers. António Nobre, a famous Portuguese poet, was its most known resident. Celas Monastery- Founded in the 13th century, the restoration works in the 16th and 18th centuries altered the original layout, except for the Church, of circular shape, the Choir, the Chapterhouse and the Cloister. Holy cross Church of 1131 lodged the Augustine friars. 15th to 18th century was the period for the construction of the new building, a number of building were added and the city became a n important cultural centre of art and literature. The single nave leads to the main chapel containing the tombs of the first two kings of Portugal, Afonso Henriques and Sancho I, and also Gothic sculptures; the main body of the church dates from the first half of the 16th century and the vault was designed by Boitac. This exhibits Baroque tiles panel of Lisbon depicting the Holy Crossand the life of st. Augustine.
In fact hire a car in Coimbra and take a trip to the Museu Machado de Castro. The museum has been named after a sculptor. It includes several exquisitely made sculptures, paintings and stuff. Definitely worth a see! A trip in a car from Coimbra car rental, to the University of Coimbra would be yet another great idea and especially a must for all the historians and literature lovers. It houses a library that has now been turned into a museum. It includes almost half a million books. So what are you thinking? Visit your nearest Portugal car hire, hire a car and do some sightseeing for an out of this world experience!
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