This courtyard has a wainscot of hunting scenes in azulejos, blue pearls in the blue rococo foregrounds and a vibrantly painted base. The stone panels at the top of the stair seem vaguely Elizabethan with shallow Renaissance pilasters above. The ceiling has deep, dark moldings in a complex geometric pattern. Finally, the whole thing has a strong lived-in air, with cables flying around and a rusty celing lamp: it is the entrance to a kindergarten!
The 18th c. renovation of the then Faculty of Philosophy in Coimbra is attributed to William Elsden. We don’t know where his work begins or ends; there were buildings already here since the Middle Ages who were presumably severely altered, and there are many things which suggest 19th or 20th c. alterations, such as encaustic tile flooring throughout and the wonderful steel windows in this cloister.