Cervantes is in fashion

By | 15 August, 2015 | 0 comments

Calle CervantesThis year is the 400th anniversary of the edition of the second part of El Quijote, which took place at Calle San Eugenio (there is a plaque next to the friendly Bar Vinícola Mentridana, in Antón Martín). However, people talked about Miguel de Cervantes because of the search process of his mortal remains among the bones that were found in the convent of Las Trinitarias in Barrio de Las Letras. Although they could not get scientific confirmation, it seems highly likely that it was in that place where the writer asked to be buried.

At the moment, access is not allowed to the spot where they allegedly are located, but you can see the photographs of the whole scientific process of this story at the Madrid History Museum. Inaugurated again after long renovation works, this museum is a very interesting place that is worth seeing just for its two fantastic miniatures of Madrid in the 1800s that are exhibited inside.

The best thing to get into the Cervantes spirit is to walk around the same streets as he did more than four centuries ago. One of them is the aptly named Calle Cervantes, the one where he died, which is also the home of the house-museum of another great Spanish literary figure, Lope de Vega. A highly recommended visit. Another street to visit is Calle Lope de Vega, funnily enough, where you can find the aforementioned convent of Las Trinitarias, where there is a bas-relief that informs passers-by that Cervantes decided to be buried there. Another interesting anecdote is that both the daughters of Cervantes and Lope de Vega ended up going into the convent as nuns.

Without leaving the Spanish capital and very close to our 4-star hotel in Madrid, you can follow Cervantes’ footsteps at the print house that the Cervantes Society preserves on Calle Atocha, 87. That is where the first volumes of literature’s most famous book were created for the first time, The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote de la Mancha, a landmark that is commemorated in different ways. One of these ways is through theatre, because the play Tipos de imprenta is performed every Sunday for 25 minutes, a funny and visual way of discovering the details of how this immortal book was printed. Tickets cost 5 euros (book yours at imprenta@sociedadcervantina or by calling +34 91 4203437).

If you would like to know his real home, you can go to the town of Alcalá de Henares and visit his house-museum, a replica of the house where he was born. Getting there is an easy Cercanías train ride away, and you can get to Alcalá in less than 60 minutes.

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