The childhood home of the author of Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, has been redesigned as the Cervantes House Museum.
The building, located in Alcala de Henares, the historic center designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, recreates the atmosphere of the 16th and 17th centuries, the period when this great master of Spanish literature lived.
As you step into the building, you get to see the original layout of the house with the first floor occupied by the dining room, kitchen, a ladies' room, a work room and the surgeon's office (Cervantes' father used to be a surgeon) and the second floor being the site of several bedrooms and sitting rooms.
Most of these rooms are recreated as they used to be in Cervantes' time and altogether the various articles of the rooms make up an impressive collection of furniture, paintings, etchings, ceramics and many other everyday items from the olden times.
Deserving of mention, too, is the bibliographic collection containing editions of the author's work in different languages and from different periods.
Finally, the house has also become a cultural center of sorts, organizing a hive of diverse cultural activities all year round, including plays, conferences, various workshops for children and teenagers and regular musical shows.Places nearby:
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