University of Coimbra

Buildings of the Academic Association of the University of Coimbra


Pátio interior
Outdoor patio © Horácio Novais
Pátio interior © Horácio Novais
Outdoor patio © Horácio Novais
Entrada do “Corpo III” (das cantinas)
“Corpo III” entrance (from the canteens) © Horácio Novais

This architectural ensemble that hosts various services – canteens, bars, gymnasiums, theaters, rehearsal rooms – started to be thought of in 1954 with a project by the architect Alberto Pessoa with the collaboration of the plastic artist Abel Manta. It was officially opened in 1963.

Gymnasium © Horácio Novais
Kitchen © Horácio Novais
Sala de estudo
Study room © Horácio Novais
Canteen © Horácio Novais

Of the ensemble the “Teatro de Gil Vicente” – or “Teatro Académico de Gil Vicente” – built between 1959 and 1961 stands out. The project was made by studio of the architect Alberto Pessoa with the collaboration of Abel Manta. It was remodeled in 1993 by the architect André Santos; it has an auditorium with 772 seats and a balcony with 328 seats.

Horácio Novais
© Horácio Novais
© Horácio Novais
© Horácio Novais
© Horácio Novais
© Horácio Novais
© Horácio Novais
© Horácio Novais

Located on the south front of ‘Rua Larga’, the building of the Faculty of Medicine (1951-1956) designed by the architect Lucínio Guia da Cruz, is part of the renovation plan for the university city of Coimbra, designed by the architect Cottinelli Telmo between 1941 and 1942.

Pavilhão 1
Pavilion 1, or Sports Pavilion, of the University Stadium of Coimbra, designed by the architect Alberto Pessoa, opened in 1967.
Estádio Universitário de Coimbra, inaugurado em 1963, situado na margem esquerda do rio Mondego.
Coimbra University Stadium, opened in 1963, located on the left bank of the Mondego River.

Photos with history

Many memories can arise when viewing the photographs from the studios of Mário and Horácio Novais who recorded the daily life, the architecture and works for advertising.

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Updated on 19 february 2021

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