La Magistral – the Cathedral of Alcalá de Henares

Tower of the Cathedral of the Santos Niños.

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Only cathedral in the world with the right be called Magistral, together with the St. Peter Church in Louvain, Belgium. This was a title given in recognition of the teaching inside those temples of God, and that its priests had to be doctors of theology.

In the crypt of this well-preserved church in gothic style (finished in 1517) the bodies of the two boys turned saints, Justo and Pastor, are buried. They stood up and died as martyrs, only 7 and 9 years old, back in the year 304, when the romans of Hispania held this city (then called Complutum) tried to force them to give up their Christian belief.


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