University of Alcalá de Henares



Founded by Cardinal Jiménez de Cisneros in the early 16th century, Alcalá de Henares was the world’s first planned university city. It was the original model for the Civitas Dei (City of God), the ideal urban community which Spanish missionaries brought to the Americas. It also served as a model for universities in Europe and elsewhere.

Cite this page as: UNESCO, "University of Alcalá de Henares," in Smarthistory, May 27, 2021, accessed April 19, 2024,