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Cemetario de la Recoleta

January 6, 2011

“The Recoleta Cemetery is one of the 3 most  important cemeteries in the world”, according to the BA podcast I subscribed to. The other two are the Staglieno Cemetery in Genoa and Pere Lachaise in Paris. I guess by “important” they mean important historical personalities are buried in those cemeteries.

El Cemetario de la Recoleta is the most exclusive burial ground in this side of the world. It is the final resting place of Argentina’s wealthiest and most powerful figures, the most famous of which is Evita Peron.

The tombstones and mausoleums at the Recoleta Cemetery are so ornately decorated, that many of them were even imported from Europe. This was of course, back when Argentina was an affluent nation, and the wealthy would select marbles and monuments from Europe through catalogues.

You can easily spend half a day roaming the alleys of this cemetery (which can well be a barrio on its own), not only to gawk at the intricate artwork of the mausoleums, but also to hear the stories about the people buried there. One of them being how a girl was mistakenly buried alive. I don’t know how true that story is though.

The entrance

Now, how to get to Evita’s grave? Follow the crowd!

That’s just the queue…

Surprisingly nondescript. You would think they would’ve gone all out for her…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2011 7:38 am

    PM, I’ve seen opulent cemeteries but not Recoleta Cemetery. Que scandalo! I’d rather give my money to the poor than have a richly decorated grave. Priorities must be in place.

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