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Miguel de Cervantes, the creator of Don Quijote, was born in Alcalá in 1547 and the city remains proud of its association with Spain’s literary giant. In the 1940s, research by a Cervantes biographer suggested that this country estate may have been his birthplace, and the city moved quickly to reconstruct the building and establish it as a museum. The handsome brick and stone dwelling has a small courtyard and well. Cervantes’ father was a barber-surgeon and the interior of tile floors, white walls, and carved wooden doors conjures the lifestyle of a comfortable family of the time. Displays of Cervantes’ manuscripts help to cement the connection to the author.