Text and photos: Javier Prieto Gallego / Translation: Amy Harmon
The street Fray Luis de Granada leads to one of the romantic corners of the city of Valladolid, the house where the poet and playwright from Valladolid, José Zorrilla, was born on February 21, 1817. He spent his first seven years of life there. His strong literary vocation led him to develop an intense and extensive body of work, among which notable works like «Don Juan Tenorio,» «Margarita la tornera, «El zapatero y el rey,» and «Traidor inconfeso y mártir» stand out.
The house where the poet was born and lived has been remodeled giving special care to the restoration of the surrounding garden. During the summer months, theatrical performances and poetic gatherings related to Zorrilla’s works take place in the garden. The interior of the house faithfully recreates the furniture, decoration, and romantic tastes of the time when the author lived, while also showcasing mementos and some of his belongings, such as his writing desk. The house also boasts a notable library dedicated to the author.