Knowing the etymological origin of the term crypt is necessary to discover its meaning. In this case, we can expose that it is a word that derives from Latin, exactly it comes from "crypta", which was used to mention an "excavation" or "underground gallery". Word that, in turn, comes from the Greek, from "krypte."
The concept refers to underground site that was destined to the burial of the corpses .
Frequent in the Middle Ages , the crypts used to be cameras that were below churches . Even on occasion the construction of the temple rose from the surface level so that the crypt remained on the ground. Previously, the crypts were grottoes that were excavated in 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 graves made of marble containing the bodies of Spanish monarchs belonging to the dynasties of Austria and Bourbon .
The Crypt of Saint Antolin , on the other hand, is under the Palencia Cathedral . The place is dedicated to San Antolin , the employer of Palencia , housing their remains .
In the same way, there are other important crypts that are worth discovering and seeing on the spot. 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 was made that has a circular appearance and that stands out because it houses the tombs of two of the most illustrious children 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 it is the Title of a TV series known as "Tales from the Crypt" in Latin America and how "Tales from the Crypt" in Spain . His chapters are based on comics created by William Maxwell Gaines for EC Comics . "Tales from the Crypt" was issued between 1989 and 1996 .
One of the most important novels of Spanish literature of the twentieth century also has in its title the term that concerns us. 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 child's whereabouts. To do this, he will decide to count on the help of a criminal who is admitted to a mental hospital.