Burial honors for Cervantes
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.