Photographer's Note

It is quite common to see a panorama of a town with a church on the top of the hill. Alternatively it may be a castle. Such central location demonstrates the importance of the structure. Coimbra is different. At the very top of the panorama there are university buildings and university tower. In my opinion these are the right priorities. The most important thing in Coimbra is not a church but university. It dominates the skyline.
You may be surprised to hear it from me because I often declare myself as a Christian. Simone Weil, a Christian philosopher suggested an interesting attitude. She says, if a Christian genuinely faces a choice between Jesus and the truth, he or she should choose the truth, because if you follow the truth you will sooner or later return to Jesus (that is what she believed). If you choose Jesus against the truth you may turn into a fanatic. I think the same applies to other religions. We should follow the truth, give the knowledge the highest priority, that does not always guarantee success but this is the best we can do. I am so glad that the university is symbolically in the heart of the town.

Having said that, I read that the university buildings were originally a king's castle which were later transformed into university.

This picture presents a fragment of a wider panorama. To see the whole view at the blue hour, follow this link:

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