Cervantes House-Museum (Alcalá de Henares)
The house where the Shakespeare of Spain grew up is a fascinating window into the 16th century.
Miguel de Cervantes slept here.
Going into the childhood home of the Shakespeare of Spain, Miguel de Cervantes, feels a little bit like stepping into one of those art masterpieces of Spain's "Golden Age", like Velázquez' Maids of Honour. The family clearly enjoyed a privileged station in life, which is recreated perfectly in each of the rooms - even the arrangement of sheets on the bed looks like someone just slept in it. The museum was inaugurated in 1956 and is located in the main street of Alcalá de Henares' old town. The city was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1956. The museum also contains various original editions of Cervantes' most renowned classic, Don Quixote (not just in Spanish but a number of other languages, as well - of particular note is a 1605 version published in Lisbon). The museum also organises various activities of interest to all kinds of visitors.
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