Burial hon­ors for Cervantes

Los Angeles Times - - THE WORLD -

Spain gave its great­est writer, Miguel de Cervantes, a for­mal burial nearly 400 years af­ter his death, un­veil­ing a fu­neral mon­u­ment hold­ing re­cently un­earthed bone frag­ments 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 in a cer­e­mony that in­cluded mil­i­tary hon­ors. Cervantes, con­sid­ered the Shake­speare of Span­ish let­ters, also had been a sol­dier for Spain.

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

Con­struc­tion work over the cen­turies had made it dif­fi­cult to de­ter­mine the lo­ca­tion of his bones.

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