The story tells that Calixto, a young man from a noble family, goes to the garden of a young noblewoman and he falls in love with her in that moment, but she rejects him. His servant Sempronio, takes him to the famous Celestina, an old woman and sorceress, who, as it is said, can make Melibea falls in love with him too. Meanwhile, Sempronio and Pármeno, Calixto’s servants, argue for the economic benefits. In the end, Celestina achieves the purpose of Calixto. The story portrays two types of love at that time: the courteous love of the upper classes contrasted with the lustful and unscrupulous love of servants and commoners. The story has a tragic ending since the two servants kill Celestina so they are beheaded for it; Calixto, realizing that he is being persecuted by the guardians of Melibea’s family, dies while rushing over the wall of Salamanca. Then Melibea commits suicide because of her guilt of having lost her virginity and innocence with the wrong man, thus ending the spell imposed on her by the old pimp and her life.
EL HUERTO DE CALIXTO Y MELIBEA: LA CELESTINA AND SALAMANCA
Fernando de Rojas, the author of this story, who studied at the University of Salamanca and wrote La Celestina in 1502, knew this place simply as a vegetable garden. And yet today is a garden.
The Huerto de Calixto and Melibea receives that name because it is supposed to be where Fernando de Rojas was inspired to write La CelestinaThe author does not mention it in the story, but he refers to it when he writes “Toda la calle del Arcediano vengo a más andar tras de vosotros”. This street exists in Salamanca, and it is the one that leads us to the Huerto de Calixto and Melibea, where is found the sculpture of La Celestina, made by the artist Agustín Casillas.
This vegetable garden is the place par excellence where the two lovers were supposed to meet, so it is currently a romantic garden. It is located on the hillside of the old wall of Salamanca next to the Tormes River and lovers go there to put a lock in the well of the garden as a sign of their love. In addition, it is also a perfect place for foreigners to meet Spanish people and learn Spanish, since this garden is a concentration of young Spanish people, especially in autumn and spring.
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