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Madrid allows you to search for the remains of Cervantes in the Convent of the Trinitarian

February 28, 2014 8:41 am

Madrid, Feb 28 (Entravision) .- The Community of Madrid authorized today the search for the remains of the writer Miguel de Cervantes in the Convent of the Trinitarian in Madrid, a survey that will be “only superficially” and through a radar in the basement of the monastery.

Four centuries after the death of the writer, a project led by the historian Fernando Prado search find out if in the convent of the Trinitarian of Madrid are still the remains of Miguel de Cervantes and his wife, Catalina de Salazar, since that is where it is believed that they were buried.

To resolve if the remains of Miguel de Cervantes remain in the convent was necessary permission from the Community of Madrid, which was granted today, as reported by the regional Government through a statement.

This permit will allow you to poll the monastery only superficially and through a ground penetrating radar, a device that lets you find cavities in the basement without need to intervene physically on the convent, “on the other hand is a well of cultural interest, in the historic buildings of the City of Madrid”.

The work will have a maximum duration of two months, after which the researchers must submit a historical survey of the property, the regional government.

The trace of Miguel de Cervantes was lost in one of the reforms in the convent of the Trinitarian in Madrid, where it is believed that he was buried in a humble on 22 April 1616.

Located in the center of Madrid, the convent was founded in 1612 and in the professed sister Isabel, daughter of Cervantes and sor Marcela, daughter of Lope de Vega.

A commemorative plaque located in the facade of the cloistered monastery reminds us that there is buried the author of the greater work written in Spanish language, “The ingenious Hidalgo don Quixote de La Mancha”.

But nobody knows exactly where, because successive reforms that have been carried out in the convent was forced to move the tomb of Cervantes, and his remains were lost, without which no one will worry about it.

Now, the georradista Luis Avial and the historian Fernando Prado have been hands to work on finding the remains of the writer with the help of the high technology for what it called for funding the City of Madrid, which is going to work because it sees “feasible” locate the remains of the writer, he told EFE the director of Cultural Heritage of the Consistory Madrid.

After approval is obtained, now begin the first of the phases of the project: the underground search with a device of frequencies that will allow you to locate the exact place where the mortal remains.

The activity of the ground penetrating radar in the Convent of the Trinitarian will be translated into a report that could give way to a second phase of excavation and recovery of the remains of Cervantes, or, if the result is negative, paralyze the initiative.

The project promoters claim that it begins to inspect in March or April, the Convent of San Ildefonso in the Trinitarian Nuns, located in the Lope de Vega street, 78, precisely in the known as Barrio de las Letras in the Spanish capital.