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This was where it all began

The most complete and oldest of the Alcala colleges. Dating from 1499. One of the first colleges en... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
correaalberto
Not-to-be-missed place in Alcala de Henares

The "Colegio Mayor" was the most important of all colleges in Alcala de Henares. You need to take a... read more

Reviewed 17 September 2017
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“This was where it all began”
16 Sep 2017
“Not-to-be-missed place in Alcala de Henares”
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Reviewed 4 days ago

The most complete and oldest of the Alcala colleges. Dating from 1499. One of the first colleges en Europe to give doctorates. Pretty much everything as it was since the first years over 500 years ago while america was just being discovered. Very old world.

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Reviewed 17 September 2017

The "Colegio Mayor" was the most important of all colleges in Alcala de Henares. You need to take a guided tour to visit it but it is well worth it. The tour fee was around 7 euros so it is not expensive at all. The...More

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Reviewed 19 August 2015

The architecture is simply breathtaking! Interior and porticos bring a sense of beauty, proportion and harmony.

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Reviewed 22 February 2015

Lovely set of buildings, unfortunately the mandatory guided tour only in Spanish with no English handouts or explanations. There are different permutations of the ticket, for example with chapel or not and with Palacio Laredo or not. We took the complete ticket but didn't ask...More

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Reviewed 3 November 2014

The building has accommodation for visiting teaching staff of the University of Alcala. It is surreal to be sleeping there with such an amazing background. The cloisters are fantastic!

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Reviewed 11 October 2013

If Alcalá de Henares is a holiest of sites in a pilgrimage of Spanish literature, this ancient college (1499) is its Sancta Santorum. In a relatively small space, it is possible to see the amazing preferences of Neo-Gothic, Renaissance and Mudejar-inspired architects. A visit to...More

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Reviewed 6 April 2012

The College of San Ildefonso is located at the Plaza de San Diego. This is the current name of the university. There are many buildings, but the main building has the beautiful Plateresque facade that dates from 1543, the work of Rodrigo Gil de Hontañon....More

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