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.
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.
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).
- 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.
• 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.
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.
(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
Ruins - Everyday - 09:00 - 20:00
3150 - 220 Condeixa-a-Nova
Phone: +351 239 941 177
Fax: +351 239 941 474
"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
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
Closes on mondays, January 1st, Easter Sunday, May 1st
and December 25th.
October to March – 10:00 - 12:30 y 14:00 - 18:00
September – 10:00 - 18:00
Largo Dr. José Rodrigues
Phone: +351 239 482 001
Fax: +351 239 482 469
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
Closes on mondays
From: Tuesday to sunday - 10:00 – 18:00
Closes on mondays
Largo Marquês de Pombal
Largo Marquês de Pombal
3000-272 Coimbra />
Fax: + 351 239 85 43 59
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.
May to September:
10:00-19:00 (last entrance at 18:15)
October to April: 10:00 - 17:00 (last
entrance at 16:30)
Rua das Parreiras - Santa Clara
Phone: +351 239 801 160
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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