Alcalá de Henare is a Spanish city whose historical centre is one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. It is located 35 km northeast of the city of Madrid.
This card, sent by Fabienne, shows the plateresque facade of the university.
Founded by Cardinal Jiménez de Cisneros in the early 16th century, Alcalá de Henares was the first city to be designed and built solely as the seat of a university, and was to serve as the model for other centres of learning in Europe and the Americas.
The concept of the ideal city, the City of God (Civitas Dei), was first given material expression in Alcalá de Henares, from where it was widely diffused throughout the world.
The contribution of Alcalá de Henares to the intellectual development of humankind finds expression in its materialization of the Civitas Dei, in the advances in linguistics that took place there, not least in the definition of the Spanish language, and through the work of its great son, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and his masterpiece, Don Quixote. -in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/876