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The First Planned University Town in the World: University and Historic Precinct of Alcalá de Henares
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Alcala 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.

Place/country: Spain,
Series: NHK World Heritage 100
Type: Documentary
Duration: 00:02:54
Credits: NHK (publisher) UNESCO-WHC (co-producer) UNESCO TV (co-producer)
Published in:1998

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