The author of Don Quixote hid in this cave during an attempted escape in 1577.

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The cave of Cervantes

Curious historic place

A place of pilgrimage for Spanish speakers and for all lovers of universal literature. It was in this cave that the great writer Miguel de Cervantes, author of Don Quixote de la Mancha, took refuge for nearly two months in one of his attempts to escape from Algiers in 1577, when he was held captive in the city by pirates. Since the end of the 19th century, it has become a kind of shrine and is recognised as such by the Algerian and the Spanish governments. No small number of visitors come here every day to image what those moments in the life of the genius were like. The outside of the cave has been remodelled to look like a natural spring and there is a column with a marble bust of Cervantes and two commemorative plaques about the writer and this bizarre episode of his life. A curious historic place.

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