Alcalá de Henares.Madrid.Spain

12.10.2015 01:51

 

Alcalá de Henares (Spanish pronunciation: [alkaˈla ðe eˈnaɾes]), This town near Madrid, birthplace of the illustrious Miguel de Cervantes, author of "Don Quixote", and home to one of the most prestigious universities in Spain,has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998 Its rich monumental heritage, formed by churches, convents and university buildings, gives us a glimpse of life in Castilia during the Spanish Golden Age


The city stands out for its rich archaeology and was one of the first bishoprics founded in Spain. Located in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, 35 kilometres (22 miles) northeast of  the city of Madrid,at an altitude of 588 m (1,929 ft) above sea level, it has a population of around 200,000. Locally, the city is generally known simply as "Alcalá", but "de Henares" is appended when needed to differentiate it from a dozen Spanish cities sharing the name Alcalá (from the Arabic word al-qal'a القلعة for fortification or citadel).

The Latin name, Complutum,is sometimes used. The city is capital of its namesake region, Comarca de Alcalá de Henares (Spanishpronunciation: [alkaˈla ðe eˈnaɾes]), This town near Madrid, birthplace of the illustrious Miguel de Cervantes, author of
"Don Quixote", and home to one of the most prestigious universities in Spain,has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998 Its rich
monumental heritage, formed by churches, convents and university buildings,gives us a glimpse of life in Castilia during the Spanish Golden Age

The city stands out for its rich archaeology and was one of the first bishoprics founded in Spain. Located in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, 35 kilometres (22 miles) northeast of  the city of Madrid,at an altitude of 588 m (1,929 ft) above sea level, it has a population of around 200,000. Locally, the city is generally known simply as "Alcalá", but "de Henares" is appended when needed to differentiate it from a dozen Spanish cities sharing the name Alcalá (from
the Arabic word al-qal'a القلعة for fortification or citadel). The Latin name, Complutum, is sometimes used. The city is capital of its namesake region, Comarca de Alcalá.

 

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