Knowing the etymological origin of the term crypt is necessary in order to discover its meaning. In this case, we can state that it is a word that derives from Latin, exactly it comes from “crypta”, which was used to refer to an “excavation” or “underground gallery”. Word that, in turn, comes from the Greek, from “krypte”.
The concept refers to underground site that was intended for the burial of corpses.
Frequent in the Middle Ages, the crypts used to be cameras that were under the churches. Even at times the temple construction was raised from the surface level so that the crypt would remain on the ground. Previously, the crypts were grottoes that were dug out of a rock.
With the weather, the crypts began to be built in cemeteries. The function remained unchanged since its inception: in this type of places the remains of people are deposited. If the crypt is built above ground level, it is called mausoleum.
An example of a crypt is the Royal Crypt of the Monastery of El Escorial, whose origins date back to 7th century. It has twenty-six tombs made with marble that contain the bodies of Spanish monarchs belonging to the dynasties of Austria and Bourbon.
The Crypt of San Antolín, meanwhile, is below the Palencia Cathedral. The place is dedicated to San Antolin, the patron of Palencia, housing their remains.
In the same way, there are other important crypts that are worth discovering and seeing in situ. This would be the case, for example, of the crypt of the Cathedral of Cádiz. That was built in the first half of the 18th century, specifically around the year 1732.
In oyster stone, the one that has a circular appearance was made and that stands out because it houses the tombs of two of the most illustrious sons of the city. We are referring to the writer José María Pemán (1898 – 1981) and the composer Manuel de Falla (1876 – 1946).
“Tales from the Crypt”, finally, is the qualification of a TV series known as “Tales from the crypt” on Latin America and how “Stories from the Crypt” on Spain. Its chapters are based on comics created by William Maxwell Gaines for EC Comics. “Tales from the crypt” was issued between 1989 and nineteen ninety six.
One of the most important novels of 20th century Spanish literature also carries the term that concerns us in its title. We are referring to “The Mystery of the Haunted Crypt”, which was written by Eduardo Mendoza and published in 1978.
He comes to narrate the mysterious disappearance of a girl in a boarding school in Barcelona. Commissioner Flores, inspector of the Criminal Investigation Brigade, will be in charge of solving the case and finding the minor’s whereabouts. To do this, he decides to enlist the help of a criminal who is admitted to an asylum.