In March 2015, the mortal remains of Miguel de Cervantes were discovered in the first Church of the Trinitarians. To mark the 4th Centenary of his death, the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians is arranging guided tours so that locals and visitors alike can discover the final resting place of this illustrious author.
The tour allows you to take in the Church of San Ildefonso in the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians, an example of Madrid’s 17th Century Baroque architecture, the work of architect Marcos López, with a Latin cross floor plan and no side chapels. The church is home to many artistic jewels of its age, including a beautiful Penitent Magdalene, attributed to Pedro de Mena, which is one of the ten most important Baroque sculptures in Spain. Here lie the mortal remains of Cervantes (found in 2015 in the church crypt) behind a commemorative stone indicating that this is the final resting place of the author of Don Quixote with a text from his book The Works of Persiles and Sigismunda.
More guided tours now available to visit Cervantes' tomb
During the holiday season, there will be more guided tours made available to visit the tomb of Miguel de Cervantes on the IV centenary of his death. Throughout the month of December, except for Sundays, visitors and locals alike can discover the final resting place of this illustrious writer.
Guided tours are available in Spanish (Monday to Friday, at 5pm, and Saturdays, at 12pm) and English (Monday to Friday at 4pm, and Saturdays at 11am), led by expert guides. These half-hour tours are free of charge.
You can sign up and book a place by going to the Tourist Information Centre in Plaza Mayor, which is open Monday to Sunday, 9:30am to 8:30pm. Places are limited (maximum 25 people per group).
The author's wish
Miguel de Cervantes was buried in the primitive church of the Trinitarians Convent, just as he requested. Once the new convent and church were built, visible today, the exact location of his remains became unknown. Researchers, guided by documents uncovered by historian Francisco Marín Perellón, searched in the crypt below the current church, and there they found several bones, including those of Cervantes and his wife Catalina de Salazar.