University and Historic Precinct of Alcalá de Henares World Heritage Site

Official name
University and Historic Precinct of Alcalá de Henares | UNESCO
Country
Spain
Continent
Europe
Location
Province and Autonomous Community of Madrid
40.4813° Lat, -3.3680° Lon
Code
876
Time Zone
Europe/Madrid, CEST +0200
Current Time
Category
Cultural
Description
Inscribed 1998. Founded by Cardinal Jiménez de Cisneros in the early 16th century, Alcalá de Henares was the world's first planned university city. It was the original model for the Civitas Dei (City of God), the ideal urban community which Spanish missionaries brought to the Americas. It also served as a model for universities in Europe and elsewhere.