Alcala de Henares

Alcala de Henares is a monumental city. It is located at about 30 km from Madrid and connected by trains every 30 min. Its University, housed in a Renaissance building, dates back to 1498 and was founded by Cardinal Cisneros. The facade is the work of Rodrigo Gil de Ontanion. The University has received well deserved cultural notoriety through the centuries. The house of Cervantes, located on Calle Mayor, is a reproduction of a typical dweling at the time of the universally acclaimed author of Quijote. The palace of Archbishop is another beautiful example of the architecture of Alcala de Henares and it was almost completely destroyed in a devastating fire. It has some very important Renaissance pices. The Bernardine Monastery lies close by and its church has some valuable paintings and religions ornaments. Alcala also has the remains of a brick and rubblework wall that dates back to the 14th Century.