Finding the exact place where the remains of Christopher Columbus rested before embarking on his first trip to Seville is the objective of a study led by the historian Marcial Castro, who, together with the architect Juan Luis Sainz, have presented to the Valladolid City Council in order to locate this point in the old convent of San Francisco today disappeared from the city of Pisuerga.
This recently published work proves, as explained in an interview with Efe Castro, specialized in Modern History, the “exact place” where the old chapel of Luis de Cerda would be , which housed the remains of the discoverer for three years, who died in May of 1506 in Valladolid.
According to Castro’s theory, today there are thousands of cars that pass daily over the first grave of Columbus, since the historian places this location under the asphalt of the current Calle Constitución , near where a team from the Valladolid City Council discovered last year, on the occasion of the search for the skeletal remains of a former Irish rebel prince – “Red” Hugh O’Donnell-, a wall of one of the convent chapels.
However, according to Castro’s theory, the hypotheses of the Valladolid City Council team are not entirely accurate, hence they have proposed this line of research to the City Council with a theory that provides for a non-invasive survey on the ground using georadar. and a tasting of no more than two meters on the asphalt, since he is convinced that he knows the “exact place” where the chapel of one of the largest convents in Spain before the confiscations once stood.
Portrait of Christopher Columbus.
Columbus was one of the first to record the volcanoes of the Canary Islands in 1492
Burying himself in the convent of San Francisco de Valladolid was always a sign of “respect” and status, hence for the architect Sainz this work goes beyond simply locating the chapel where Columbus was buried , which he, however, places a little “stuck” in a building that today houses a bank, although the margin of error “is only three meters”, which is “very little” for a building of these characteristics: “Huge”.
Thus, in addition to Columbus, in the more than 33 burial chapels that the convent of San Francisco de Valladolid had, illustrious characters of the time also rested, such as the writer Antonio de Guevara, the organist Hernando de Cabezón or the historian of the Kings. Catholics, Hernando del Pulgar.
Two documents, keys to reconstruction
Finding the architectural remains of this chapel would be the final step of an arduous research task in which two documents have been the “key” to scrutinize and infer what the floor plan of this convent might have been like: a plan from 1810, which was copied in 1835 “surely in order to sell the property” and some “in situ” “invaluable” chronicles of a friar who lived in the convent.
Precisely, it is these notes written by the Franciscan monk Matías de Sobremonte, born in Palencia and died in Valladolid, which have served as a guide to draw the lines on the current map of the city of what was the convent of San Francisco.
“This man was very methodical: he described everything exhaustively , he even measured every inch of the convent based on his feet”, so one of Sainz’s tasks was to transfer these measurements to the current metric system to compare them with the plan of the 19th century and later with the current one, until elaborating, as the work includes, a plan of the convent with only three meters of margin of error.
Against “historical revisionism”
One of the fundamental objectives of this work, as its authors say, is to signify one of the main historical points of the city of Valladolid, which at that time had just ceased to be the capital of Spain (1601-1606), but which was still the “unofficial capital” of the Kingdom , explains Sainz.
But another objective is to fight against the “historical revisionism” that the researcher Marcial Castro believes has taken hold of figures like Colón’s, who do nothing more than “show the ignorance of those who utter them.”
” We cannot judge the events of the past with the eyes of the present, because then no one would be well off” , reflects Castro, who recalls, for example, the “atrocities” that the Romans did in the Peninsula, but that today are the “base of our culture “.
For all this, Marcial concludes: “We do not need to ask for forgiveness for the events of the past , today no one is guilty of the death of Lorca.”