The origins of the city of Alcalá de Henares date back to the Roman Complutum in the I Century B. C. and the subsequent Muslim reign in 711 as Al-kla-Nahar (the castle on the Henares) and from whence it derives its name. Among its outstanding sons are Miguel de Cervantes and Manuel Azaña.
The University of Alcalá, founded in 1499 by Cardinal Cisneros, is one of Spain’s and Europe’s oldest universities, and, along with the city’s historic centre, was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998.
The Instituto Franklin is located in the historical Old Quarter of Alcalá de Henares. Its home is the Colegio de Trinitarios, a beautiful 17thCentury building that belonged to the order of the Trinitarios Descalzos.
Nowadays, Alcalá de Henares is a modern and dynamic city located just 31 km away from Madrid and near Barajas International Airport. Still, in Alcalá de Henares, History and Culture are in the air, as are the hundreds of white storks that share the city with the complutenses (inhabitants of Alcalá).
For more information on the city and its attractions, visit Alcalá’s tourism website.