Cervantes and Don Quixote in Havana

Don Quixote in Havana
Don Quixote in Havana

Cervantes, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza are represented by sculptures scattered in Havana

The most universal of Spanish authors and also the most universal characters of literary have their home in Havana. Don Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra and Don Quixote and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, have each, its representation in Havana sculpture.
For Cervantes, no better place than the historical center of Havana, in the park located between Havana and Empedrado Streets, the site of the sculpture of the Italian sculptor Carlo Nicoli in the populous neighborhood was held on November 1st, 1908. The writer is shown seated on a chair of Spanish renaissance style in attitude of those who are about to write.

The Don Quixote of the Vedado

Don Quixote, a piece of the sculptor Sergio Martinez, was placed in El Vedado, specifically in the Park 23 and J, very near Coppelia Ice Cream Parlor, the Habana Libre Hotel, the Seven Seas Restaurant, Yara Cinema and Theater and the the bicentennial University of Havana. This is the Parque del Quijote of the Americas (Americas Quixote Park), as it is officially named, although all will simply call the “Quijote Park”.
There, the concept of “Knight of the Sorrowful Countenance” stands a statue of chatarroso naked iron spear replaced by a sort of Cuban machete, and barely held on a Rocinante Horse , skinny and lanky, but upright, melted the same metal. Some call Don Quixote of La Rampa, perhaps for the existing environment. Possibly for the reigning heat, or to provoke domestic and foreign photographers, this Quixote man is naked riding on Rocinante since 1980. That image of Alonso Quijano, constructed so as original, and so alien to the image formed of the Ingenious Hidalgo was controversy its early stages.
And he could not miss Sancho Panza, who can not complain about his area, because it can be found in the park in the corner of Aguacate and Obispo, a piece of the sculptor Leo D Lazarus, one of the areas undoubtedly , busiest thick of the Cuban capital.

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