Casa de Cervantes, Valladolid

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History Museum · Hidden Gem · Historic Site
The Casa de Cervantes (Cervantes' House) is a museum located in the city of Valladolid, Spain. The building was the home of the Spanish author Miguel de Cervantes. It is not to be confused with other houses associated with Cervantes, the birthplace in Alcala de Henares and the museum in Esquivias.

Valladolid is where the Spanish Court was briefly, from 1601 to 1606, the last time it left Madrid. (See es:Capitalidad de Valladolid.) Cervantes' House was part of the wave of construction that filled the demand created by the sudden growth in population the Corte's relocation provoked. That is to say, it was a new or nearly-new house.

There is good information on Cervantes' Valladolid house, where he was living in 1605. By chance, a prominent nobleman was murdered in the street in front of Cervantes' house. The body of the dying man was taken to the lower floor of the house Cervantes lived in, where he expired. The ensuing investigation involved depositions from everyone in the house at the time.

From this documentation, thoroughly studied by es:Luis Astrana Marín, we know that instead of occupying the three houses joined together to create the museum, his mother lived in one room and the rest of his household in another, above a tabern on the ground floor.

Only women were living with him: his wife Catalina, his very religious ("beata") sister Magdalena, a seamstress for wealthy gentlemen, his sister Andrea, also a seamstress, her illegitimate daughter Costanza, Cervantes' illegitimate daughter Isabel, and a maid named María. It is well documented in the testimony that prostitution was taking place in the house, but the identity of the prostitutes was never clarified. There were suspicions that among them may have been some of the women in Cervantes' household.

The building has been designated with the heritage listing Bien de Interés Cultural (Property of Cultural Value), and has been protected since 9 June 1958.
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  • For a minimal cost you have both a history of the author and Spanish home life. Somewhat formal self guided tour (staff are very watchful and suspicious of any movement close to any object) but very.....  more »
  • Very interesting to see this old house which, for a short time, was the home of Cervantes. You can see rooms furnished as they may have been in his lifetime, and a vast library. A good amount of...  more »
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  • Interesting and informative visit to a house where Cervantes lived for a couple of years while travelling with the itinerant Spanish royal court.
  • It was ok, but it is mostly what it is called: a house. Consider visiting it in addition to the sculpture museum (5€ common price).

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