Praça 8 de Maio from Coimbra, Portugal

Coimbra is famous for its university, and the monumental squares are located in the university area. The city also owns a small jewel, modest in size but convincing through its balanced proportions and its historical importance. It is Praça 8 de Maio, found in the city centre, in front of the monastery of Santa Cruz, while further on one finds the Camara Municipal. This small space manages to not let itself overly dominated by the height and splendor of the Manueline facade of the church where the first two kings of Portugal lie buried. The buildings on the other three sides are just as visible, likewise the central fountain. The contemporary redesigning of the square also contributes to this.