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The Mathematical Methods in Engineering, International Symposium MME'10 will be held at Instituto Superior de Engenharia de Coimbra (ISEC), from 21-24 October 2010, Coimbra, Portugal.

Located on a hill overlooking the city, the University of Coimbra comprises a cluster of buildings dedicated to the production and dissemination of knowledge, which has grown and evolved over more than seven centuries, and which unquestionably constitutes its own noble and well-defined urban area within the city of Coimbra. The University of Coimbra founded on the 13th of August in 1290 by King Dinis makes it one of the oldest in the world.

Six of Portugal’s Kings were born here and in 1139 until 1256 it was the chosen capital of the country. The original name in the Roman period was Aeminium, and it later developed under the influence of the greater nearby town of Conimbriga. This latter place is now a large archaeological site of great interest with a museum to display the findings from the diggings. At first sight the town appears more devoted to commerce than learning but the skyline above the lower part of the city suggests its real purpose.

Historic, romantic and contemporary city. Strolling through the old age streets, take a journey through history and explore the ancient city. Discover the love stories among the trees of the Botanical Gardens.

How to get to Coimbra:

First Option: Airport of Oporto

Best option is to fly to the Oporto Airport.: From the airport which lies to the north of the town, you can take a taxi to the main railway station of Porto Campanhã (this should cost 20-25 €) or you can go from the airport to the station by underground.

Underground
This will take approximately 30 minutes and cost 1,20. €. Underground station is at the airport which means you don’t have to leave the airport to get to it. Trains depart station hourly with a journey time of one and quarter hours for Alfa Pendular and InterCity trains, and approximately two hours for regional trains.

Railway station
Rail fares cost between 17 and 25 €. Get off at Coimbra B. You can take another train for Coimbra A station on the same ticket from where many hotels are within walking distance. Please note that Intercidades trains do not stop at Coimbra A station, so you must get off at Coimbra B.


Second Option: Airport of Lisbon

The second option is to fly to the airport of Lisbon.

From de airport of Lisbon there are several ways of getting to the “Oriente” railway station:

Carris buses - The ticket may be purchased from the driver as you board the bus. The ticket costs 1,35 €
You should take the n.º 5 line - Estação do Oriente / Aeroporto / Areeiro

Aeroshuttle (CARRIS Nº 96) - Available everyday, every 30 minutes between 7am and 11pm, the aeroshuttle connects Gare Oriente - Airport - Entrecampos - Sete Rios - Praça de Espanha.Tickets (3,50 €) can be purchased on board and also in the Tourism Office at arrivals (public area).

Tickets (3,50 €) can be purchased on board and also in the Tourism Office at arrivals (public area).

Taxis - There are two taxi stands within the perimeter of the airport, one at arrivals and the other at departures.
The fare on the taxi meter should read 2,50 € (daytime pick-up). Outside the city limits, city fares are charged per kilometer (km=0,42 €). 1,60 € is charged for the transportation of luggage or animals. Before taking a taxi, inquire about the fare*.

You can get more info and purchase a Taxi Voucher at the Tourism Information Counter in the airport's Arrivals Hall.
* An additional 20% is charged for services on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays and for nighttime service from 9pm to 6am.

Railway station
• At the train station, go to the upper ticketing level and find the ticket kiosk. Buy a train ticket from “Lisboa Oriente” to “Coimbra-B”. The journey will cost between 16,10€ and 21,10€, depending on the category of train.
• Trains depart Lisbooa Oriente station for Coimbra approximately every hour, with a journey duration of around 2 hours.
• You can check the Portuguese Rail site for more information; if you prefer buying these tickets beforehand, use the online ticket purchase service.
• Please just note that Intercity, Alfa Pendular or Inter-Regional trains do not stop in Coimbra central station, only Regionals do. Therefore, you’ have to get off of the train in Coimbra-B station and, there, take the next possible train to Coimbra-cidade. You can use the same ticket as this transfer is included in the price. This ride takes about 4 minutes.
• Once in Coimbra-cidade station you’ll most likely find a Little Helper that will give you all the basic instructions you need to get to the dorm. If not, we’ll also put up some information on some strategic places so you can’t get yourself lost. ;)
• Please note that the last daily train departs at 20:09.

Rede Nacional de Expressos - Buses
This company operates throughout the country. For more information, call: +351 707 223 344 The price is 13 €.

Tourism interest Points:

Coimbra, one of Europe’s most ancient university cities, has plenty to offer: century-old University of Coimbra, Joanine Library, the magnificent Botanical Garden, Santa Cruz Monastery and on the other bank of Mondego river Santa-Clara-a-Velha Monastery and the breathtaking Garden of Quinta das Lágrimas. In the surroundings of Coimbra, you must see Conímbriga Roman ruins, the beaches of Figueira da Foz, Casino Figueira and the imposing Montemor-o-Velho castle.

CONIMBRIGA

The streets and the houses with their perfumed and cool patios, the floors paved with polychromatic mosaics and the perfume coming from the baths make us imagine a pompous, almost "imperial", Conímbriga.

Schedule Winter
(October to May):
Museum - From Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 - 18:00
Ruins - everyday 10:0Museum - From Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 - 18:00
Ruins - Everyday - 10:00 - 18:00

Schedule Summer20:00

Ruins - Everyday - 09:00 - 20:00

Contact:

Condeixa-a-Nova
3150 - 220 Condeixa-a-Nova
Phone: +351 239 941 177
Fax: +351 239 941 474
E-mail: info@conimbriga.pt
Web: http://www.conimbriga.pt/>


"MACHADO DE CASTRO" National Museum

The Machado de Castro Museum opened to the public in October 1913, and became a national museum in 1965. The Museum’s buildings were declared a national monument in 1910. The former Bishop’s Palace was built on top of the cryptoporticus – the foundation of the forum of the Roman city of Aeminium. Dating from the 1st century AD, this is most important surviving Roman building in Portugal. The various buildings that we see today were constructed between the 12th and the 18th centuries as a residence for the bishops of Coimbra. Notable among many changes over the centuries are the remains of part of the Romanesque cloister of the Condal period (c. 1100-1140), the graceful classical loggia from the late 16th century, and the baroque church of São João de Almedina, built in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

The museum’s name pays homage to one of the greatest Portuguese sculptors, Joaquim Machado de Castro (1731-1822), who was born near Coimbra and was sculptor to the royal house in the reigns of José I, Maria I and João VI. The Museum’s collections show the wealth of the Church and the importance of royal patronage, seen in important works of art and in religious vestments, enriched with a variety of acquisitions from private donations.

Of particular interest here are the statues in stone and wood, both monochrome and painted, including several fine pieces from the workshops of well-known Flemish masters, as well as the evolution of Portuguese schools from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. The collections of jewellery, painting, ceramics and textiles are also important and representative as regards both importations and national production. The museum also has significant archaeological and Oriental collections.

Its architectural and museological spaces were recently refurbished and expanded, in a project signed by architect Gonçalo Byrne. As a result of this renovation, it is now possible to visit one of the most remarkable works of Roman architecture in Portugal, the cryptoporticus.

Opened to the public:
- Temporary Exhibitions
- Roman Cryptoporticus

Schedule
Closes on mondays, January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st and December 25th.
October to March – 10:00 - 12:30 y 14:00 - 18:00
April to September – 10:00 - 18:00

Contact:
Largo Dr. José Rodrigues
3000-236 Coimbra
Phone: +351 239 482 001
Fax: +351 239 482 469
E-mail: mnmc@ipmuseus.pt
Web: http://mnmachadodecastro.imc-ip.pt/


SCIENCE MUSEUM OF COIMBRA UNIVERSITY

Science Museum displays the most important collections of the Science Museum displays the most important collections of the different museums of Coimbra University. Situated in the former Chemical Laboratory, the building recovery was carried out by architects Joao Mendes Ribeiro, Carla Antunes and Desiré Pedro. This project has won the Architecture Award given by International Association of Art Critics (AICA).

In the surroundings: University, Cathedral, Old Cathedral, Arco and Torre da Almedina, Church of Santa Cruz Cloister, Inquisition Patio

Schedule:
Closes on mondays From: Tuesday to sunday - 10:00 – 18:00
Closes on mondays
 
Contact:

Laboratorio Chimico Largo Marquês de Pombal
3000-272 Coimbra Laboratorio Chimico
Largo Marquês de Pombal
3000-272 Coimbra /> Fax: + 351 239 85 43 59
E-mail: geral@museudaciencia.pt
Web: http://www.museudaciencia.pt/


CONVENT OF SANTA CLARA

Queen Saint Isabel ordered the construction of Convent of Santa Clara-a-Velha, located on the left bank of Mondego River. Its construction began in 1286, being under the supervision of Master Domingos Domingues.

Schedule:

May to September: 10:00-19:00 (last entrance at 18:15)
October to April: 10:00 - 17:00 (last entrance at 16:30)

Contact:

Rua das Parreiras - Santa Clara
3043040-266 Coimbra
Phone: +351 239 801 160
E-mail:mosteiro.scvelha@drcc.pt


Buçaco, Luso and Curia

Buçaco, Luso and Curia means Bairrada Wine along with an exceptional gastronomy with the iconic Bairrada suckling pig, as well as thermal stations: Termas do Luso and Termas da Curia. Your visit should include the breathtaking Bussaco Forest with its century-old trees, extremely rare species, the unique Palace Hotel do Bussaco, one of Portugal’s most charismatic hotels, and Bairrada Wine Museum in Anadia. A true handwriting of pleasures


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+ 351 239 791 250
Fax
+ 351 239 791 262
E-mail
isabel.antunes@mail.ipc.pt
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