We are going, virtually speaking, to the town of Alcalá de Henares in Madrid, since the Cervantes Birthplace Museum, one of our most universal writers, is located there. Discover without leaving home, how was the house that saw the birth of the creator of Don Quixote de la Mancha.
In the heart of the historic centre of Alcalá de Henares, you will find this unique museum, a former family home in which the writer Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) was born and spent his early years.
It was not until 1948, when the author of de 'Vida ejemplar y heroica de Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra', Luis Astrana Marín, made known this building, which was inaugurated in 1956 as "Cervantine museum and library".
The building houses a small ethnographic museum, and thanks to its rooms, we can learn about the customs and daily habits of a wealthy family from the 16th and 17th centuries.
The virtual visit will take you on a close look at the exterior and the two floors of the house, built around a courtyard of columns. The ground floor houses the rooms dedicated to social life, and where the writer's father, who was a doctor, received his patients.
For its part, the upper floor is the one dedicated to private life, and is where the bedrooms are located, a room dedicated to El Retablo del Maese Pedro (Don Quixote, II, chap. XXVI) as well as two temporary exhibition rooms, which house an important bibliographic collection of Cervantine editions from various periods and languages.
More info: Museo Casa Natal de Cervantes
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