This is just one of many of the departments of the university of Alcalá. It has its own tower and baroque façade which is quite impressive and worthy of a photo. It is similar in style to the faculty on plaza San Diego.
On the south side of Plaza Cervantes opposite the Santa María tower.
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The town hall of Alcalá de Henares is almost eclipsed by the tower of the former Santa María church and the statue of Miguel Cervantes in the square named after him but it is worth a look over. It is topped by a clock which is never wrong.
Plaza de Cervantes
Like me you will almost go past this building as you head from the train station in Alcalá de Henares to the city centre and not give it a second thought. But just walk slowly from the train station (on the left hand side of paseo de la estación) and the Moorish towers and windows will catch your attention (as they did mine) and beg to be photographed. Inside the building there is a Cistercian museum.
Paseo de la Estación, nº 10, 28801 Alcalá de Henares (Madrid)
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The archbishop's palace is a wonderful blend of Gothic, Baroque and Moorish building styles and reflects the Christan/Jewish/Arab communities to which Alcalá was (and still is) home to. You wouldn't know the famous event which happened here just to look at it from the outside.
Plaza del Palacio, 28802 Alcalá de Henares, Spain
+34 918 88 25 00
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The old city walls of the city of Alcalá and the space within it provides a wonderful setting and glimpse into what medieval Alcalá was like and children will love its feel. The Puerta de Madrid and the Puerta de Burgos are the best preserved gates into this walled enclosure.
Alcalá is lucky enough to have the only Gothic cathedral within the province of Madrid (Toledo does not count as it is in Castilla La Mancha). It really is a stunning cathedral with high columns and quaint side chapels. You can climb up to the top of the tower with a guide for two euros 50 cents. I don't know what the view from the top of the tower is like as I did not go up the tower. Entry is free.
This square has the glorious backdrop of the world renowned façade of the famous university of Alcalá. The square is spacious and is a good place to get your bearings before you head into the centre of Alcalá from here.
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This house is where Miguel Cervantes was born. The rooms are beautifully preserved in their original condition with some information given about their use. Entry is free but remember not to take photos in any of the rooms of the house. Photos can only be taken in the open courtyard of the house.
Calle Mayor 48, 28801, Alcalá de Henares, Madrid Spain
+34 918 89 96 54
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Plaza Cervantes is the beating heart of
Alcalá. The statue of Miguel Cervantes looks on as concerts sometimes occur in the bandstand in the square. Neatly tended flowers provide a lovely background to sit under the shady trees and people watch.
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Calle Mayor is the main street of Alcalá. Take a stroll up and down it between wooden timbered buildings and take shade in the colonades behind the columns. There are a few good shops on here too selling food, books, souvenirs and everything else you could possibly need. Don't forget to look up to catch sight of flowers in the balconies of the houses above the colonades. They really do brighten up the street.
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Alcala de Henares, 30 minutes from Madrid, has much to boast about. It has the longest colonaded Calle Mayor, dating from the 16th century, in Spain; the oldest comedy theatre in the country, the Corral de Comedias, dating from 1601, but only recently discovered and restored and now open for performances and to visitors; the oldest women's hospital in continuous use since 1483; the Casa Natal, the birthplace of Cervantes, beautifully restored and housing a fascinating collection of editions of Don Quixote in various languages; and a Museum of Sculpture in the Open Air displaying 50 or more sculptures in various materials and styles, claimed to be the largest in Europe. A fine Archaeological Museum, a very old University and the Monasterio de San Bernard are additional attractions. If you have the time to pause there are a number of cafes, bars and restaurants under the arches of the Calle Mayor and in the Plaza Cervantes, the most interesting (and priciest) being the Hosteria del Estudiante, in the University precincts but run by the Parador chain. And if you still want something else you can go on the "ruta de las ciguenas" and see the storks and their nests,high up on the roof tops.
20 plus miles east of Madrid. The trains from the capital run frequently and stop on the edge of town.
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