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Spain gives formal burial to Cervantes, 400 years later

Spain gives formal burial to 'Don Quixote' author Cervantes 400 years after his death

Spain gives formal burial to  Cervantes, 400 years later

MADRID (AP) -- Spain has given its greatest writer, Miguel de Cervantes, a formal burial some 400 hundred years after his death, unveiling a funeral monument holding bone remains believed to include those of the author of "Don Quixote."

Madrid Mayor Ana Botella placed a laurel wreath at the foot of the monument in a Madrid convent Thursday in a ceremony that included military honors because Cervantes had also been a soldier for Spain.

The bones were unearthed this year by experts after a near-yearlong search at the convent where Cervantes was known to have been buried in 1616.

Construction work over the centuries made it difficult to ascertain exactly where his bones lay and spurred the search so that the author could finally be given a properly signposted burial site.


Updated : 2021-09-26 22:06 GMT+08:00