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Tour of the Madrid of Benito Pérez Galdós

By | 17 April, 2020 | 0 comments

A city belongs to the people who live in it. Some are people like you and me, and others are famous authors, actors, musicians, etc. This is the case of the writer Benito Pérez Galdós, who fell in love with Madrid as soon as he stepped foot in the city. Proof of this are all the experiences that he captured in his realistic novels that portray the Madrid of the time and its people. This year marks the centenary of his death and we want to pay our own tribute to him with a tour around his favourite places.

Galdos

Pérez Galdós’ boarding house

Right in the heart of Madrid, at Calle de las Fuentes 3, is the boarding house where the Canarian writer stayed when he first arrived in the capital. This neighbourhood was one of Pérez Galdós’ favourites. Once here, you can visit well-known landmarks such as the Plaza Mayor, the Puerta del Sol or the Teatro Real.

The Chamberí neighbourhood

From the boarding house, we can follow the route that he would take every day to get to the Central University, located near Calle San Bernardo. On the way, we can stop off at the Fuentetaja bookstore and coffee shop to read some of the writer’s best-known works.

His second home

The second place where he stayed was at Calle Salud 9. Nearby was Calle Olivo, now known as Calle Mesonero Romanos, where Pérez Galdós spent his student years. We can visit places like Cuesta de Santo Domingo or the Senate. This area was also home to the headquarters of the newspaper El Debate, for which he used to write.

Café Comercial and Lhardy

In his works, Pérez Galdós refers to some of the most popular restaurants in Madrid. This is the case of Lhardy, located on Carrera de San Jerónimo. About it, the writer said that “it opened to put a white tie on the tahona buns”. Another must-visit is the Café Comercial, a place where he would often go to debate topics with friends.

His bookstore and the Royal Academy of Arts

In 1942, the novelist’s heirs opened a bookstore in honour of the writer. If you want to visit it, you’ll find it at Calle Hortaleza 5. You can also visit the Royal Spanish Academy of the Arts, where he was made an academic in 1897.

His final years

On 4 January 1920, the writer passed away at his home at Calle Hilarión Eslava 7. A plaque now marks the place where he spent his final years. You can also visit his grave in the Almudena Cemetery (near the entrance outside the Civil Cemetery).

We round off our tribute tour to one of the most popular writers of Spanish literature at the monument dedicated to him by the city of Madrid, which is found on the Paseo de los Coches.

* Image taken from the website www.esmadrid.com

Categories: Cultura Madrid

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