Fans of historic literature immediately recognize Alonso Quixano clutching his lance while riding his horse Rocinate during his delusional quest to restore chivalry. When the “Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha” by Miguel de Cervantes was published in 1605, it was Europe’s first novel. After the second part of the knight-errant story was released in 1620, Michael Cervantes reputation grew as the finest author of the Spanish Golden Age. He still ranks among the world’s best novelists. This bronze, equestrian statue is part of the Cervantes Monument at Plaza de España.