Square and Statue in San Sebastián
Plaza Cervantes is a small triangular plaza on the promenade alongside Concha Beach in San Sebastian, Spain. The plaza sits above an underground car park. It is notable for its bronze statue of Don Quixote riding a horse and his faithful companion Sancho Panza on his donkey.
The statue was made in 1929 and is the work of the Spanish sculptor Lorenzo Coullaut-Valera. It is an replica of the sculpture made for the Plaza de Espana in Madrid. The artist is the father of the sculptor of the Monument to the Sacred Heart on Mount Urgull.
This original statue won the National Competition in 1915 to erect the Monument to Cervantes in Plaza de España in Madrid. The company Eguisa was “invited” by the City Council of Donostia – San Sebastián to place a sculpture in the new Plaza Cervantes, following the urbanisation work carried out there. The chosen project was this sculptural ensemble, which provoked protest from a group of artists who were of the opinion that it was an outdated work. On 4th July 1973, the car park was formally opened, and the statue in the Plaza de Cervantes was unveiled.
Visiting Plaza Cervantes