July 25, 2016

2667 SPAIN (Community of Madrid) - The monument to Cervantes in Madrid

As is well known, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (1547-1616) is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the Spanish language and one of the world's pre-eminent novelists. He owes his fame to Don Quixote, considered to be the first modern novel, and one of the best works of fiction ever written. In Plaza de España (Spanish for Square of Spain), located in central Madrid, is a monument to Cervantes, designed by architects Rafael Martínez Zapatero and Pedro Muguruza and sculptor Lorenzo Coullaut Valera.

Most of the monument was built between 1925 and 1930. It was finished between 1956 and 1957 by Federico Coullaut-Valera Mendigutia, the son of the original sculptor. The tower portion of the monument includes a stone sculpture of Cervantes, which overlooks bronze sculptures of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. Next to the tower, there are two stone representations of Don Quixote's "true love", one as the simple peasant woman Aldonza Lorenzo, and one as the beautiful, imaginary Dulcinea del Toboso.

About the stamps  

The stamps forms the series Monumental Arches and Gates, issued on January 2, 2015. This issue - consisting of a booklet with self-adhesive A-rate stamps for posting standard domestic letters - depicts four monumental gateways leading into walled enclosures in different locations in Spain.
• Moon Gate in Córdoba - It's on the postcard 2667
• Chain Gate in Brihuega (Guadalajara) - It's on the postcard 2667
• Saint Mary's Gate in Hondarribia/Fuenterrabía (Gipuzkoa) - It's on the postcard 2667
• Pope Luna's Gate in Peñíscola (Castellón) - It's on the postcard 2667

Plaza de España (Madrid) - Wikipedia

Sender: Eric Clemente Figueira
Sent from Alicante (Valencia / Spain), on 24.06.2016
Photo: Felix Jesus Corral

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