Not sure what program is right for you? Click Here
CIEE

© 2011. All Rights Reserved.

Study Abroad in

Back to Program Back to Blog Home

« Jen Harlan (Wofford College)-CIEE Alcalá-Fall 2012: storks | Main | Jen Harlan (Wofford College)-CIEE Alcalá-Fall 2012: "siesta" »

10/31/2012

Kylie McMenaman (Villanova University)-CIEE Alcalá-FALL 2012: Churches in Alcalá.

  Kylie

English

During my CIEE orientation, I received two informative walking tours of Alcala de Henares from our tutor and tour guide, Fausto Zamora. While walking around Alcala, I noticed that there were several beautiful churches in the city. One that stands out aesthetically and historically is the Famous Magisterial Cathedral of the Saints Justo and Pastor. More commonly known as the Church of the Children Saints, this cathedral is dedicated to two young boys who were martyred. The church has been renovated and rebuilt by various leaders throughout history, with the final reconstruction performed under Cardinal Cisneros. The Church was declared a National Monument in 1904. Unfortunately, the church was burned down during the Spanish Civil War, but was restored again in the 1990s. This cathedral houses the tomb of Cardinal Cisneros as well as the incorruptible body of San Diego. It is one of only two churches in Europe with the title of “magisterial cathedral.”

P5100041

In addition to this cathedral, Alcala also has a well-known convent, the Convent of Clarissas of Saint Diego. This convent, located in the Plaza of Saint Diego, is famous for its almendras, a sweet made of almonds and sugar. Ordering the almendras is fun, too, because there is a special technique. The nuns who make and sell these sweets cannot have contact with the outside world. To order the almendras, you must speak into a special turning window and place your money. Then, a nun on the inside will send out your candy. I recommend this Alcala activity, which is both delicious and traditional!

  P5100043

Español

Durante mi orientación de CIEE, recibí dos visitas guiadas a pie informativas de Alcalá de Henares por nuestro tutor y guía, Fausto Zamora. Mientras caminaba alrededor de Alcalá, me di cuenta que hay muchas iglesias bonitas en la ciudad. Una iglesia que resalta estéticamente e históricamente es Sante e Insigne Catedral-Magistral de los Santos Justo y Pastor. Me enteré de que la Catedral de los Santos Niños, esta catedral se dedica a dos chicos jóvenes que sufrieron el martirio. La catedral ha sido restaurada y reconstruida por muchos líderes durante toda la historia y la reconstrucción final se cumplió bajo el Cardenal Cisneros.  Los Santos Niños se declaró un monumento nacional en 1904. Desafortunadamente, la catedral se incendió durante la Guerra Civil de España; pero fue restablecida en los años 90. La catedral tiene la tumba del Cardenal Cisneros y también el cuerpo incorrupto de San Diego. Es una de las únicas dos iglesias en Europa con el título de “catedral magistral.”

Además de esta catedral, Alcalá también tiene un convento muy conocido, el Convento de Clarisas de San Diego. Este convento, ubicado en la Plaza de San Diego, es famoso por sus almendras, un dulce de almendras y azúcar. Pedir las almendras es muy divertido también, porque hay una técnica especial. Las monjas que crean y venden estos dulces no pueden tener contacto con el mundo exterior. Para pedir las almendras, se debe hablar en una ventana especial de giro y dar el dinero. Entonces, una monja en el interior envía las almendras. Recomiendo esta actividad en Alcalá, ¡que es deliciosa y tradicional!

 

P1010969
P1180197
P1010174
Cristina en el torno 2
P9010084

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment