The urn with the remains of the playwright Pedro Calderón de la Barca is about to be located. The researchers involved in the search hope to find it in July, within the walls of the Our Lady of Sorrows parish in Madrid, where it was deposited in 1902 and disappeared with the Civil War, reports Efe. The head of Spanish Literature at CEU San Pablo University, Ángeles Varela, explains that the search began a year ago, was paralyzed by the coronavirus and is pending a last permit from the Community of Madrid for a georadar to locate the wall in the that the remains were hidden.
The odyssey of the remains of Calderón de la Barca (1600-1681) began after his death. Six transfers since 1681 in five different locations. In 1902, according to Varela, the remains were taken to the new headquarters of his congregation, the current church Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, assaulted by the militiamen in 1936.
The remains were considered missing and in fact there is a tombstone in the church that says that Calderón “was” buried there. However, in 1964 a congregational priest of the church revealed, on his deathbed, that Calderón’s remains had not disappeared because they were never in the marble chest, since they had been placed in a niche made in the wall.