research team that is searching for the remains of Calderón de la Barca
has organized a tribute to the writer in Madrid to mark the 340th anniversary
of his death. This event had the support of the Madrid City Council Cultural
Heritage Department and began with a floral offering at the site of his first
tomb in San Salvador Church at number 71 of Calle Mayor, today a residential
followed by an evening event held in the Patio de Cristales of the Casa de
la Villa, where the professor leading the investigation in the search for
Calderón's remains, Pablo Sánchez Garrido, announced the progress being
made. Namely that part of Calderón's remains are on the site of his first
tomb. This is to be found in the old church of San Salvador, where he was
buried along with other poor priests of the Congregation of San Pedro to which
he belonged. This investigation is part of the ‘Calderón Project’, which
includes various lines of research.
When the remains
were exhumed in 1840, shortly before the demolition of this church, the
attorney indicated that they were “very rotten and incomplete due to intense humidity”.
Therefore, only the most complete fragments were kept in the casket that the
researchers are looking for in the church of Los Dolores. The professor has
announced the imminent search of the underground vault where a glass
container with part of Calderón's remains that were in a worse condition could
have been kept.
interrupted the search for the remains in the church of Los Dolores (Calle San
Bernardo 103), which began in December 2020. The ground-penetrating radar has
shown a couple of points that require archaeological verification, but they
must be accessed through the adjoining nursing home. Currently, the researchers are waiting to
obtain permission to access the residence.
Professor Sánchez Garrido announced that the University is recovering one of
the floors of Casa de Calderón which will house a research centre for
Calderón and for the defense of Spanish cultural heritage, as well as promoting
a research grant in the Golden Age.
of this progress was celebrated in a commemorative ceremony in the Patio de
Cristales of the Casa de la Villa with speeches by the writer Luis Alberto
de Cuenca, Enrique Rull from the Calderonistas and Ana Suárez
of the Congregation of San Pedro - universal heir of Calderón-; and the
director of the research, Professor Pablo Sánchez Garrido.