MADRID, Spain — Miguel de Cervantes, Spain’s greatest writer, was a soldier of little fortune. He died broke in Madrid, his body riddled with bullets. His burial place was a tiny convent church no larger than the entrance hall of an average house.
No more was heard of the 16th century author until the rediscovery of a novel featuring an eccentric character called Don Quixote rescued him from oblivion.
By then, nobody could remember where his grave was. Four centuries later, Spain intends to do the great man justice.
A team that will search for Cervantes’s remains began exploratory work Monday and final conclusions — should the search succeed — will be known by year’s end. The estimated cost of the operation is $138,000.
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A three-phase search will take place over some 200 square metres at the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians in Madrid’s historic Barrio de…
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