Miguel de Cervantes in Ulcinj Again!

By , 28 May 2018, 13:11 PM Lifestyle
Monument to Cervantes Monument to Cervantes Samir Adrovic

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A memorial sculpture with a bronze statue of the most famous Spanish writer, Miguel de Cervantes, was set up yesterday in the Old Town of Ulcinj. 

May 28, 2018 - The sculpture is 3.6 meters high and was commissioned by a real estate company who owns the palace of Venice in the Old Town. The famous Albanian sculptor Bujar Vani created the sculpture.

The owner of the company from Ulcinj, Ćazim Resulbegovic, said that this was the town’s obligation to Cervantes.

"Cervantes is a part of our history. His relationship with Dulcinea, who was the leading female figure in 'Don Quixote', is our responsibility. His place was always here," Resulbegovic said. 

After the Battle of Lepanto in 1571, Cervantes was captured and kidnapped. He was detained until 1580 when he was released, thanks to the mediation of religious leaders with a paid ransom. There is no written proof that he was detained inside the Ulcinj fortress, but the people of Ulcinj, who then claimed to be one of the most powerful pirates in the Mediterranean, believe that their ancestors brought Cervantes to the famous Square of Slaves (Trg robova). Ulcinj was then called Dolcinio, and several years later Cervantes wrote Don Quixote.

Text by Samir Adrovic, on May 27th, 2018, read more at Vijesti

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