One of things we learned in Portugal was that students and the academia in general are maintaining some old traditions. It is not unusual to see Brit students wearing some special clothing. At some universities in Eastern Europe professors still wear robes on special occasions, a custom you barely see for example in Germany.
During our stay in Portugal we saw students in Lisbon wearing black and white clothing. You could distinguish them easily from others. The same was the case in Coimbra, the location of one of the oldest European universities (see map). We saw students wearing not simply black and white special suites, but also robes (a bit Hogwarts like). Probably this is not on a daily basis, but only on special occasions. The guide told us however also stories of special rules in students’ household communities, which are still maintained by the students’ community.
University of Coimbra main building. Unfortunately it was forbidden to make photos inside. Do not forget to visit its library (on the photo at the left hand side). It is one of the oldest ones in Europe. Absolutely worthwhile
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