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Newest Wonders of the World: University of Coimbra-Alta and Sofia

Courtesy of UNESCO/Manuel Ribeiro

University of Coimbra–Alta and Sofia, Portugal

If you thought your professors were tough, consider that this university, founded in 1290, once had its own court of law and, naturally, its own prison for students and scholars (under the library). One of the oldest continuously operating universities in the world, the institution grew and evolved for more than 700 years within the old town. It now includes the 12th-century Cathedral of Santa Cruz, the Royal Palace of Alcáçova, and several 16th-century colleges.

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