Museo Casa de Cervantes: The Former Home of Don Quixote’s Father

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Museo Casa de Cervantes (House of Cervantes Museum) is a museum dedicated to the life and work of Spain’s greatest writer, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra.

"Oh yeah...the guy who fought the windmill!"

The museum is the former home of Cervantes who lived in Valladolid with his family from 1604 – 1606. He completed his masterpiece, El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha, here and published it in 1605. Monarch Alfonso XIII and Archer Huntington, then-president of the Hispanic Society of America, purchased the property in 1912 and later donated it to the State. The building was officially inaugurated as the Museo Casa de Cervantes on April 12, 1948.

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Take a brief phototour of the museum after the jump. As always, all photos can be found on my Flickr.

These stairs lead through the garden and back out to Miguel Iscar street:

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The first rooms in the museum hold a vast library of ancient works collected when the building served as the Biblioteca Popular Cervantina from 1916 – 1948.

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A bust of Archer Huntington sits in the back patio:

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An original, first print of Don Quixote sits in the museum:

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Cervantes owned a sword much like this one. He served in the Spanish military and was forced to retire following an injury to his left arm:

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About Afroxander

Afroxander is the nom de guerre for writer/photographer Ivan Fernandez, based in Southern California. His work has appeared in The San Bernardino County Sun, Modern Fix magazine, The People’s Dance Party blog, The Rockit magazine and other outlets. He currently freelances for LA Weekly, Remezcla and anyone else willing to send him out on an exciting adventure.
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