Founded in 1290 by King D. Dinis and with more than 700 years of history, the University of Coimbra is one of the world's oldest universities. There is a whole world of History to discover. With each new generation came new inventions, breakthroughs, and innovations that helped shape the world we're live in today.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2013 it is considered one of the most beautiful and historic institutions in existence.
The University has been the inspiration for many movies Harry Potter, Beauty and the Beast and Anamorphosis.,
Narrated by world famous Brazilian singer Adriana Calcanhotto and Radio Host Sílvio Santos, this is the story about a group of visiting students who become lost during a tour. They find themselves on an adventure of discovery within the wonderful spaces and places of the University of Coimbra.
Guided by a mysterious character they are transported back in time and witness major historic events to the present day.
ATOLEIROS BATTLE : VIV'ARTE
The Atoleiros Battle took place on 6 April 1384 between Portugal and Castile. The battle took place near in Fronteira and it was the first major battle of the 1383–1385 Crisis.
The battle was lead by General Nuno Álvares Pereira had a decisive role in assuring Portugal's independence from Castile.
The Castilian army consisted of about 6,000 men, mostly cavalry, however the Portuguese formed a defensive square and the Castilian cavalry was unable to break the Portuguese formation, suffering heavy losses. The Portuguese suffered none and the Castilians had to withdraw.
The battle of Atoleiros represents the first effective use of “square tactics” on the battleground and it was so successful that it was still in use over 500 years later during the Napoleonic Wars and the Zulu War.
LIVING HISTORY: A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A REENACTMENT GROUP
Come and witness the life of a living and breathing time machine show. Join the greatest Living History Show on Earth and witness the love, passion, dedication, struggles, blood, sweat and lots of tears of a dying breed of entertainers.
Viv'Arte, the Portuguese re-enactment group of over 30 years have long been recreating historic events for audiences up and down the country and abroad but in recent years they have been losing audiences to more superficial modern entertainment that lacks in quality and value just like the fast-food trends of today.
Unless the audiences understand the wealth of skills and professional training and preparations that go into each and every performance they can never truly appreciate what is at risk.
This groundbreaking documentary tells the in-depth story of Portugal's greatest living history, reenactment show who live and work with a dedication and love of history that will amaze.
What happens behind the scenes is just as fantastic if not more amazing.