The house where the poet Miguel Hernández was born, number 72 Calle San Juan in Orihuela, opened for the first time as a cultural centre on Wednesday. It will serve as a visitors centre and the starting point for the Ruta Hernandiana tour showing the most important local places in his life.
The house was initially restored for half a million euros and inaugurated in 2010 to mark the centenary of the poet’s birth but remained closed since.
Ownership was handed back to the Town Hall from the Valencian government on March 30, since when Councillor Mar Ezcurra has been responsible for filling it with content about his life.
Inside visitors can now consult over 2,000 digitised documents belonging to the Miguel Hernández Foundation and private collections, including contemporary magazines, handwritten poems, a letter he wrote from prison before his death, and a sculpture by Arcadio Blasco.
Ezcurra said the centre is open in the mornings and afternoons and will also host workshops, courses and conferences, starting with two free courses in Creative Writing and Initiation to the Scenic Arts.
Tourists can find out information about cultural events there as well and embarl on the Ruta Hernandiana tour, taking in places including the house of Don Luis Almarcha, the Ave María schools, the House-Museum in thel Rincón Hernandiano and the bakery of Carlos Fenoll.