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.
The half-hour visit (open to the general public, led by professional tour guides) takes place on Fridays at 4pm (in English) and 5pm (in Spanish), and on Saturdays at 11am (in English) and 12pm (in Spanish). At present, the church is closed for renovation and no visitors are allowed. To register for a place on a tour, go to the Tourist Information Centre in the Plaza Mayor. Maximum group size: 25 people.
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.
Fridays: 4pm (in English) / 5pm (in Spanish)
Saturdays: 11am (in English) / 12pm (in Spanish)