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Coimbra was the capital of Portugal until 1255 and it has one of the oldest universities in Europe, the University of Coimbra, inaugurated in 1290.
Students traditionally wear black academic attire with a black cape, one of the city's icons. During the first centuries of the university the clerics had the exclusive right to attend the courses, and the present academic costume is the result of the influence of the black clothes of the priests.
A hundred and one years ago three little shepherds claimed to have been visited by the Virgin Mary in Fátima, Portugal.
In 1917 the shepherds, Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta, were still children but eventually became known for their descriptions of the apparitions of a resplendent figure who gave them several messages.
Florbela Espanca was a Portuguese poet, born in 1894 in Alentejo.
She wrote her first poem when she was just eight years old, A Vida e a Morte (Life and Death) and was one of the first women in Portugal to attend high school.
She continued to write throughout her tumultuous life, mainly about life and love, until she committed suicide on her 36th birthday.