On October 5th 1910, due the implementation of the Portuguese Republic, the Episcopal Palace was taken over to serve other purposes. This event led the Bishop of Coimbra to start living in the Seminary, and he did so until the opening of a new Episcopal Palace in 1961, in the same area.
Four bishops lived in the Seminary from 1912 until 1961. From 1912 to 1913, Bishop Manuel Correia de Bastos Pina; from 1914 to 1936, Bishop Manuel Luís Coelho da Silva; from 1936 to 1948, Bishop António Antunes, and lastly, from 1948 to 1961, the Archbishop Count Ernesto Sena de Oliveira.
The office has a desk and a silver altar table from the church. On the glass shelf you can find many interesting objects, such as several liturgical alfaias, which are a kind of drum, and an impressive 18th-century umbraculum made out of ebony, silver, ivory, silk and golden thread.
Inside the bedroom, you can find a bed, a nightstand with a night vase in porcelain made in the first years of a company called Vista Alegre, a chest of drawers, a basin and a porcelain jug.
Take a moment to admire the audience room and its beautiful elements, such as the upholstered chairs, the mirror, the carpet (from the famous company Aubusson), and the stucco ceiling.
The spotlight of the meeting room is the precious wood table, flaunted with the coat of arms of the founding Bishop.