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University and historic quarter of Alcalá de Henares

  • Calle Mayor street in Alcalá de Henares. Madrid © Turespaña

    Calle Mayor street in Alcalá de Henares. Madrid © Turespaña

  • Interior of Cervantes' Birthplace Museum in Alcalá de Henares. Madrid © Turespaña

    Interior of Cervantes' Birthplace Museum in Alcalá de Henares. Madrid © Turespaña

  • University of Alcalá de Henares or the college of San Ildefonso. Madrid © Turespaña

    University of Alcalá de Henares or the college of San Ildefonso. Madrid © Turespaña

  

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Historic site
Alcalá de Henares
Madrid
Madrid

Alcalá de Henares is the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, creator of Don Quixote of la Mancha. Its university and its historic quarter have been awarded the World Heritage designation by the UNESCO.

The heart of the historical centre of Alcalá de Henares is the street known as the Calle Mayor. This is the location of Cervantes’ Birth House, which has been converted into a museum that recreates the atmosphere of a home in the 16th and 17th centuries. However one building particularly stands out in the city, and that is the University. It was founded by Cardinal Cisneros, and some of the greatest men of Spanish letters, such as Lope de Vega, Calderón de la Barca and Quevedo, have studied within its walls. A walk around the centre will reveal a variety of palaces and mansions, churches, gardens and convents. Among them are buildings such as the Archiepiscopal Palace, the cathedral, the chapel of ElOidor, the Carmelite Convent, the Casa de la Entrevista house, the Town Hall and the Cervantes Theatre.


 

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Alcalá de Henares, Madrid © Turespaña

Mar 29, 2015 to Apr 5, 2015

Alcalá de Henares
Easter week in Alcalá de Henares

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Apr 23, 2015

University of Alcalá de Henares, or College of San Ildefonso - Alcalá de Henares
Miguel de Cervantes Prize

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To be confirmed 2014

Alcalá de Henares
Cervantes Week

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To be confirmed 2014

Festival

Teatro Salón Cervantes - Alcalá de Henares
Alcalá de Henares Film Festival

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