Located in the upper city of Coimbra, next to the Botanical Garden of the University of Coimbra, the Major Seminary of Coimbra is the place of culture and spirituality since 1765. Here you will find notable collections of Italian art in Portugal, dating back 250 years.
A door made of precious wood, mother-of-pearl and ivory that came from Genoa is the almost triumphal entry into a unique space where the chapel of São Miguel, the episcopal chambers, the old library, the tile room, the Church of the Sagrada Familia Family and the Mondego balcony are open to the public.
Along the way, visitors will be able to find relics of saints, ornate rooms and a richly adorned church, with a Spanish organ from the 18th century with 1500 pipes.
The library has more than nine thousand volumes, published between 1500 and 1800, on topics ranging from law to theology, passing through history and literature. There is also a book of erotic stories.
It has 19 rooms with 40 beds on the second floor of the building, where one can sleep, eat, pray and meditate. Ideal for pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela.
The Coimbra Major Seminary has masses every Tuesday at 7 pm in the church, and a mass on Sundays at 11 am in the garden.
There is a daily prayer, from Tuesday to Friday, at 7.30 am, in the chapel of the Annunciation.
The Major Seminary of Coimbra has also a panoramic swing, offering a stunning view over the Mondego River, where we feel like flying over the clouds!