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Just 20 minutes from Madrid, travelers can enter the Golden age from the hometown of Miguel de Cervantes, Alcalá de Henares, declared a World Heritage City in 1998 that proposes a day of literary air between its streets, museums, and local flavors. What can we do in Alcalá?
In Alcalá de Henares we can visit emblematic corners such as the Birthplace of Cervantes, in full main street –of medieval origin-, which recreates the environment in which the author of “The Quijote”And allows you to see an important collection of furniture, ceramics, engravings and paintings of the time, as well as a bibliographic collection from the 16th and 17th centuries.
A visit to the University of Alcalá is also essential, founded by Cardinal Cisneros in 1499 and a clear example of the Spanish renaissance, which raises a tour of its Trilingual Courtyard, the Laredo Palace, or the Chapel of San Ildefonso what is it, along with the College of Residence, one of the oldest spaces in the complex.
The city also invites us to discover the Corral de Comedias, in the Cervantes square, “the oldest in Spain”According to Turismo de Alcalá; and the Regional Archaeological Museum, inaugurated in 1999 in the former Dominican Convent of the Mother of God, which shows the history of the Madrid territory from prehistory to the present day.
This cultural heritage also integrates the Magisterial Cathedral, Gothic in style, built in 1497 by decision of the Cardinal Cisneros on previous buildings. The Antezana Hospital, the Hippolytus House or the ruins of Complutum Archaeological Park They close a tourist itinerary where the architectural attractions merge with the historical legacy.
Heritage adheres in this city its tasty gastronomy, where the letter does not lack garlic soups, stew, migas from La Mancha, roast lamb and kid, as well as pastry proposals such as donuts, caramelised almonds, or the famous alcalaína crust, a meringue cake, cream and puff pastry.
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