University and Historic Precinct of Alcalá de Henares, Spain

 

University and Historic Precinct of Alcalá de Henares, declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1998

 

Founded in the early sixteenth century by Cardinal Cisneros, Alcalá de Henares was the first planned university city and then served as a model for universities around the world. Urbanistically, it set the precedent for the Civitas Dei, or City of God, the community ideal that Spanish missionaries took to the Americas.

The Archbishop’s Palace of Alcalá de Henares is one of the best preserved and managed monuments of this complex. The Archbishopric of Alcalá de Henares has entrusted us on several occasions with its conservation work; to restore its facades, roofing or making moulds in our workshops to reproduce the pieces in poor condition. We have also worked on other sites in the historic city, such as the rehabilitation of the Convent of Santa Úrsula, founded in the sixteenth century by the Canon of the Magisterial of Gutierre de Cetina, in neo-Mudéjar style; the restoration and adaptation of the interiors and exteriors of the Seminario Mayor, or the restoration of the limestone facades of the Colegio Mayor de San Ildefonso, one of the best-known works of Rodrigo Gil de Hontañon, with a mixture of styles from the Gothic to the Renaissance.

 

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