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Coimbra, a riverfront city in central Portugal and the country’s former capital, is home to a preserved medieval old town and the historic University of Coimbra. Built on the grounds of a former palace, the university is famed for its baroque library, the Biblioteca Joanina, and its 18th-century bell tower. In the city’s old town lies the 12th-century Romanesque cathedral Sé Velha.

Students still wear the black cape, worn centuries ago. We experienced Fado music performed graduated of the University. It is said that many of the characteristics of the Harry Potter books originated at the Coimbra campus as J.K. Rowling lived here previously. Maybe the capes worn by the Hogwarts are the same as these students.

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