A Miracle in Alcala de Henares?

A Miracle in Alcala de Henares?
Alcala De Henares, Spain
Alcala De Henares, Spain On a whim today we decided to drive to the small town of Alcala de Hernares. This is a quaint little town that boasts the home of Cervantes. Also, the Cathedral was once the home to miraculous Eucharistic hosts. In the late 1500s, a thief stole some two dozen consecrated hosts and other valuable items from a church in Alcala. The thief later confessed his sins. The priest asked him to return the hosts to him in a silver box. The thief did as he was instructed. Even after more than a decade, the hosts were in perfect condition even though other, non-consecrated hosts had decomposed. In 1619, the Church officially declared the consecrated hosts were a miracle. During the Spanish Civil War (1930s), some priests hid the hosts before the church was burned. The hosts have not since been seen. Part of why we decided to drive to Alcala today was to see the Cathedral, where the miraculous consecrated hosts had been kept for a time. However, after parking, one of the first sights that greeted us was the facade of the University of Alcala. The University dates from 1496, the brainchild of Cardinal Cisneros. The design of the facade of the main University building is quite striking to see. Since the author, Miguel de Cervantes was born in Alcala, one can see a statue of him in the main square. In addition, at the edge of the Jewish quarter, the house in which Cervantes was born is now a museum. It is easy to spot. In front of the house is a bench with bronze sculptures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. The Cathedral is impressive. It dates from roughly the same time as the founding of the University. Although, I must say this Cathedral is much brighter on the interior than many we have seen in Europe. It was a fairly rainy day; however, we still had fun. In places, it was beautiful because the almond trees were beginning to bloom. Alcala de Henares is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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