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University and Historic Precinct of Alcalá de Henares
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: 16th century
Date of Inscription: 1998
Location: Europe, Spain, Province and Autonomous Community of Madrid
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Description: Cardinal Jiménez de Cisneros founded the world's first planned university city, Alcalá de Henares, in the early 16th century. Being the primary model for the Civitas Dei (City of God), it was the idyllic urban community which was brought to the Americas by Spanish missionaries. In addition, it served as a model for universities in Europe and elsewhere. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Alcalá de Henares, or Alcalá on the Henares, is a Spanish city, whose historical centre is one of the UNESCO's World Heritage Sites, and formerly one of the first bishoprics founded in Spain. Located in the Autonomous Community of Madrid, 35 km northeast of the city of Madrid, at a height of 2000 feet above sea level, it has a population of around 200,000, the second largest of the region after the Spanish capital itself. The city is generally known simply as "Alcalá", but "de Henares" is often appended to differentiate it from a dozen cities sharing the name Alcalá (from a Moorish Arabic word for fortification). It is capital of Comarca de Alcalá. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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