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Universidad de Alcala

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Address: Plaza San Diego s/n, 28801 Alcala De Henares, Spain
Phone Number: +34 918 85 40 00
10:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

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History and Architecture

Important place to visit while staying in Alcala de Henares. It was a quick visit, but the history and beautiful architecture made it pleasant.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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Cape Town, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This university is so unique and splendid. Absolutely neat and clean. Very peaceful and calming. Beautiful gardens, amazing architecture and a lifetime of history. Didnt costs a sent to walk around the area

Thank Skuce1977
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Important place to visit while staying in Alcala de Henares. It was a quick visit, but the history and beautiful architecture made it pleasant.

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Dallas, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

Make sure to visit the University while in Alcala de Henares. I attended a Summer Session to improve my Spanish. It was a great experience.

Thank Kathleen B
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

This is the original site of one of the world's first universities, named "Complutense" (which associates it with the city of Alcala), founded in the late 1290s. Although the university moved to Madrid in the 1800s, many of the buildings (and courtyards and gardens) have been restored, and are simply beautiful. One of them is used for the annual award... More 

Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Visited the very fine 16th C. University building and square, as students were registering for their new academic year so the place was lively.. Lovely ornate stone facade was being restored but we were able walk into the huge main courtyard the four/five floors of arches and the lovely gardens beyond. Square itself is pretty with fountains and some nice... More 

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Malton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2016

From Guadalajara we continued to Alcala de Henares which is a UNESCO listed old town and a World Heritage Site. The buildings in alcala in general are very rich in architecture and a monument heritage. As such this university has nothing less but is an outstanding building in splendid architecture and history. The main facade is really beautiful. Something which... More 

Thank Gaetano A
Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Very fine University of Alcalá de Henares. Interesting buildings and guided tours. If you are lucky it is possible to get guided tour in english also, but not always.

Thank AriHelsinki
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

The facade of the main building is just stunning. We wanted to see inside and the only way was a guided tour in Spanish, which took about an hour. The various patios were all amazing. The Paraninfo (auditorium) was amazing with its Mudejar ceiling. The Cervantes Literary Award is presented there each year. It was really interesting to see all... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Buauteful. Founded by Cardinal Jiménez de Cisneros in the early 16th century, Alcalá de Henares was the world's first planned university city. Inspiring place.

Thank Juris Š
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

The buildings in this city are stunning and the place is only made more charming by the many large and clumsy looking storks nests on top of churches, houses and chimneys with the big birds busying themselves with feeding their young and sunning themselves. Charming and quaint shops with quirky items and just a lovely place to walk around. The... More 

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