Was Lope´s neighborhood a meeting point for theater artists and writers?


Yes. A mentidero (gossiping place) is, according to the Spanish dictionary, a "place where idle people gather to converse". In Calle León , there was the Mentidero de los Representantes (Mentidero of the Performers, also known as the comedians). It was there that the men and women of letters discussed poetry and theater at length, but not only that, it was also the place where actors were contracted for the companies and where enemies met to settle their scores. Mentideros are the precursors to cafes with their tertulias, especially active in the 19th and 20th century. Today there is a plaque: "In the era of the Hapsburgs, this place was the MENTIDERO DE LOS REPRESENTANTES, meeting place of theater people."

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