La Casa de la Troya, living history of the Santiago de Compostela university

La Casa de la Troya, living history of the Santiago de Compostela university

The city is very close to its university and all the life that is generated around it. Once you get tired of wandering through the cobblestone your destiny should not be other than visiting La Casa de la Troya, living history of university life and its ever-present prickly pear.

The oldest of the place will have lit a bulb and it will sound like something (I want to believe) since it is the title of a novel by Alejandro Pérez Lugín, which has also been adapted to the cinema on numerous occasions. Santiago beats around Calle de la Troya and its house and the Museum is a must stop.

The novel tells the story of Gerardo Rocher, a Madrilenian whose father sends to Santiago to finish his law studies and see if he forgets a frequented completist. Installed in the House of Troy, he lives university life, feels his head and even falls in love. The characters are based on real people of the time that Pérez Lugín himself met and still beating inside the museum.

From 1886 to 1906 the House of Troy functioned as a student hostel, with an original owner named Doña Generosa Carolo, a widow who rented beds (even a piece) and rooms for students in the rainy Santiago university. Today, after the acquisition by the City Council and its rehabilitation in the image and likeness of what it was, it evokes a pension of students of the late nineteenth century.

The building is from the middle of the 18th century and occupies a plot of 60 square meters, with a visitable area of ​​180 square meters. On the ground floor is the reception , in what was the old area of ​​passage of people and horses, who went down to the blocks by a ramp that still exists today and leads to a basement that is quite a loa to the Tuna Compostelana. The Association of Ancient Compostela Tunnels is an important part of the building’s recovery.

On the first floor is the dining room, also used as a study room by guests. The table today is a living history of the different editions and translations that the novel has had. It remains today one of the most published in the Castilian language.

Between two windows there is a place of honor in that room the medical instruments provided by the Vaamonde family and that in the novel has a very great sentimental importance.

You can not miss a sofa with a layer of prickly pear with ribbons and cockles. And it is that in this room he also rehearsed the University Tuna at the time.

Also on this first floor is the respect room, used by Doña Generosa to interview future guests and where students received visits from their family. You can not miss the photos of the time, among which it is fun to look for Pérez Lugín and the borders of the university. None of the furniture was originally in the house but they have been searched with care to recreate it.

The rooms

On the second floor are the bedrooms. One collective, with four beds of the time (yes, smaller than now) and that gave two people asleep. Among them, a bedside table that inside, made of porcelain, kept a potty that emptied out the window. The material that protected the interior was very useful for cleaning and “isolating” odors.

On the beds, there are exposed costumes of the time so that we appreciate how the students of the late nineteenth century were dressed, including, of course, a to suit with their tambourine. This has not changed in the least since then.

Next door is the single room that once occupied the protagonist of the novel, Gerardo Roquer, and that cost one more peseta. A whole lot of the time. On the bed, a layer of luxury with embroidery and beads, according to the class of the protagonist. And now I even let you put a face on it: Arturo Fernández since he was the protagonist of one of the film versions.

Doña Generosa’s kitchen and bedroom

On the top floor of the house is the large kitchen in which what was consumed in the pension was prepared. Raising the water was laborious, but the situation was unbearable to take advantage of daylight and also facilitate the evacuation of the fumes.

This is perhaps one of the rooms that has had more reform because the floor has been lowered to make it wider and the floor is not much less original. The furniture is a perfect recreation and on the table, a curious glass flytrap.

Right next door, in the little door that was next to the sink, is what was the room of Doña Generosa and that hides the best-kept secret of the house: a view of the towers of the Cathedral of Santiago that may be between the most beautiful in the whole city.

The room is tiny but still lacks detail, including a pillow to tiptoe and a sewing machine. Visits to the Casa de la Troya Museum are always guided and for small groups, and are priced at 2.5 euros. The hours during the summer are wide but are reduced in winter. Pay attention to me and visit it if you have occasion since you will fall in love with a museum with all the charm.

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