Fado ao Centro (Fado House), Coimbra

Fado ao Centro (Fado House), Coimbra (must see)

Fado means "fate." It is also sad or soulful music and singing. There are two types of fado, that of Lisbon and that of Coimbra. Lisbon style is more well known, linked to working-class life and the poor. Coimbra style is traditionally that of medieval troubadours and linked to the city's university.

In Coimbra fado is traditionally sung by men wearing academic robes or capes. The singing is at night in the darkened squares and streets. The favorite venues are the steps of Santa Cruz Monastery and the Old Cathedral. It is also performed as a serenade beneath a lucky lady's window.

Every evening at six the Fado House has an hour long concert of fado. The venue is located on the Rua do Quebra Costas (Backbreak Street), up a little ways from the Almedina Arch. Besides the 6 pm performances, the Fado House opens daily at 10 am. It has a library of books, Cds and DVds. There are always musicians around to chat with.

Reservations are recommended for performances. No food is served but a glass of the local Port wine may be had for the concerts. Rehearsals are held between 4 pm and 5:30 pm.

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Sight Name: Fado ao Centro (Fado House)
Sight Location: Coimbra, Portugal (See walking tours in Coimbra)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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