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City of the Dead: Recolata Cemetery
This is on EVERYONE's list, and with good reason. Once you get inside the cemetery gates, you've entered a new world. Not just a spooky world of the buried, but really and truly, a city of the dead.
It's really a beautiful world. With great architecture, and fantastic marble, and granite, and bronze sculptural markers. Of course, if you follow the crowds, you'll come upon the cemetery's most famous inhabitant, Evita...there will probably be some flowers, and lots of people posing for photos in front of her final resting place.
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A BIZARRE BUT NICE ATTRACTION
Most of the most important names in Argentina which made history are buried there...so you really have to go their and see their tombs...The Mausoleos are pure art work, and the cemetery is there since 1822. The graveyard has the name of the whole neighborhood, thanks to and old conventry called Convento de los Padres Recoletos. All the Presidents are burried there like Rosas, Sarmiento..and the richest families too, among them in the Duarte Mausoleo, you will say hallo to Evita, just like I did twice in my life. Recoleta graveyard is considered the most important in the country because of the architecture of its monuments and vaults, of which, more than seventy have been declared National Historic Monuments.
I remember having this same picture 11 years ago!
There is also nice restaurants around, a cool cultural centre which used to be a hospital, and a seniors house, now this big complex is part of the Design Association of Buenos Aires, there is also a nice church called Nuestra Señora del Pilar dated 1732.
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El Cementerio de la Recoleta
This is one of the world's most famous cemeteries. It may sound odd that a cemetery would be a tourist attraction, but this is a must-see. Within the walls, members of Argentina's aristocratic upper classes lie in tombs that are so large, ornate, and architecturally impressive that this looks like a miniature city (except once you become a "resident," you're not leaving, haha). Some trivia: I can't remember where exactly this tomb is located, but there was a teenage girl named Rufina Cambaceres who was thought to have died. Her body was placed in the family tomb, but unbeknownst to her parents, she was still alive! She tried to escape from the cemetery, but died "again" during the night (from a heart attack? I'm not exactly sure).
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And Some of the Not So Elite
However, despite it's exclusiveness, sometimes an interloper can slip in and lock the vault door behind them! Such was the case with Evita (Eva) Peron, a commoner who climbed to power in concert with her husband, Juan Peron, an eventual two-time President of Argentina.
After Eva died of cancer in 1952 during Juan's first term, her body was embalmed in the hope that she might rise again. Shortly afterward, in 1955, Juan was forced from office and one of his bitter foes had Eva's body sent to to an unheard of cemetery in Italy, while Juan himself spent his years in exile in Madrid, Spain. In 1970, the perpetrator of the deed was assassinated and his body was then held as a bargaining chip for revealing where Eva was buried in Italy. Once her body was returned to Juan in Spain, the other body was released to his relatives for burial in Recoleta. In 1974, Juan Peron returned to power in Argentina and brought Eva back with him, to finally be interred in Recoleta only a few tombs away from her 'body snatcher'!
The cemetery was not too crowded when we visited, but the one place where we did have to deal with a small line was in front of Eva's vault.
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The custom in Argentina is for a wife to retain her maiden name, even after marriage. Thus, to find Eva Peron's burial spot in Recoleta, you will have to seek out the tomb of the Duarte family, her maiden name. Her husband, Juan Peron is actually buried across town in Chacarita, an entirely different cemetery!
The Duarte vault is not even located on one of the main corridors of Recoleta, but is instead just an average tomb down a typical small side alleyway. There is no 'sign' pointing you to it's location, but if you follow the crowds you probably will find it without too much difficulty.
Just to make sure that Eva's body does not experience another unintended trip across the Atlantic Ocean, she is buried 27-feet deep in the locked Duarte concrete vault!
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Elite Burial Ground
We had a beautiful sunny afternoon for our tour of this amazing cemetery, almost too bright! After living their lives of luxury in the trendy restaurants and lush parklands of this part of Buenos Aires, the elite of the city made sure that they had an equally elite place for their bodies to rest in eternity.
Argentinians have a strange fascination for the deceased and, in fact, sometimes quote the date of a person's death as the official 'marker' for the person rather than their birth date. The crypts here are so ornate that seventy of them, along with the entrance gate, have been declared National Historic Sites. In fact, the saying is that it is cheaper to live a life of extravagance in this neighbourhood than it is to pay for your time in Recoleta! Indeed, money alone does not always guarantee admitance to this exclusive club - it is your surname and pedigree that also matters.
We enjoyed our walk among the ornate crypts, with the above ground portion merely the tip of the iceburg. Deep under each one, are burial chambers set up to hold the entire clan.
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LA RECOLETA - Life after Death?
RIP – Life can indeed begin with death here in Argentina’s most heralded cemetery. The oft-used saying, ‘It is cheaper to live your life extravagantly, than to be buried in la Recoleta!’ is probably not far off, as you will quickly notice wandering through this city of marble. Most visitors go straight for Evita’s tomb, snap a couple of pictures and leave it at that, but there is much more here. Wander the paths and much of Argentina’s history unfolds in front of you – presidents, sportsmen, bankers, chemists, soldiers, admirals, mayors – some of the biggest names of Argentina are here: Yrigoyen, Illia, Mitre, Avellaneda, Alem, Rosas, Alvear, Leloir, and on and on – of course, Evita, too. Death is an equalizer. Enemies in life rest near each other: Evita and General Pedro Arambura; Juan Manuel de Rosas and Bartolome Mitre all much closer in death than ever in life.
La Recoleta also emphasizes the oligarchic nature of society in BsAs. Money alone does not ensure entombment here. Societal position and family name remain very important factors. There is a much larger BsAs cemetery for the more common at la Chacarita – found across the street from the end of subway B line. Here there are thousands buried. Juan Peron, himself, is here, a short distance away from the tango legend Carlos Gardel. Both cemeteries are open from 7am to 6 pm. See my TL on ‘Argentine History Entombed’ for more on the cemetery at la Recoleta.
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Cementerio de la Recoleta
At the very least, a visit to Recoleta Cemetery should disabuse you of the notion that all are equal in death.
The cemetery covers 13½ acres of prime property and has more than 6,400 tombs and mausoleums, 70 of which have been declared historic monuments. The mausoleums resemble chapels, Greek temples, pyramids, and miniature mansions.
Numerous Argentine presidents are buried here, including Domingo Sarmiento and Juan Manuel de Rosas, a tyrant who once slaughtered his opponents against these very cemetery walls.
One of the most visited tombs — by tourists and locals alike — is Evita Peron's.
This cemetery was a church graveyard until 1882 when the Governor opened it to the general public and renamed it Cemetery of the North.
The majority of materials used in the construction of tombs between 1880 and 1930 were imported from Paris and Milan, and important sculptural works grace many of the tombs.
7 h - 18 h, daily
As much as you like.
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not so creepy cemetery?
Recoleta is a really cool graveyard - it's where Evita was buried, and they have lots of cats and little stalls set up selling goods.
Everyday it s open from 8 to 18 hs.
The last Sunday of every month theres a free guided tour at 14.30.
its interesting and also u dont have to spend a lot of time there, just cross the street and u ll be in the most posh downtown area in Bs As, there are restaurants, nightclubs, beer brewing bars, icecream parlours, museums, the hard rock cafe, Village cinemas and even a law university!!
The Recoleta Cemetery is the oldest cemetery of Buenos Aires and one of the most famous cemeteries of the world; it is situated where once it was the orchard of the convent of Padres Recoletos. Some important people are buried there, so this cemetery is a tourist attraction.
El Cementerio de La Recoleta es el más antiguo de buenos Aires y uno de los más célebres del mundo; está ubicado en lo que fuera una vez el huerto de los Padres Recoletos. Varias personas importantes están enterradas aquí, por lo que este cementerio es una atracción turística.
La Recoleta Cemetery has a special attraction on locals and foreigners alike, principally because it's where Evita Peron is buried.
The necropolis, created in 1822, is a city within a city, a lesson in architectural styles and fashions, and Argentine history materialized in great monuments of dark granite, white marble and gleaming bronze, decorated with countless stone angels and statues of the Virgin Mary.
Even though the Porteño high society tried to prevent Evita's family from laying her to rest here, her family's black granite vault is now her final resting place. Perón himself brought her embalmed corpse by plane from Milan and had her coffin slipped into the cemetery at night, in 1973, more than two decades after she died.
The oldest monumental grave, dating from 1836, is that of Juan Facundo Quiroga , much-feared La Rioja caudillo and General Rosas' henchman. La Recoleta contains a number of monuments, such as the magnificent Panteón de los Guerreros del Paraguay and the Mausoleo de los Caídos en la Revolución de 1890.
Despite La Recoleta's tradition for coffins to be stacked up in multi-generation family vaults rather than buried under separate gravestones, there's a long waiting list for a plot.
Daily 7am-6pm; 3rd Sun of month 7am-2.30pm; guided tours last Sun of month at 2.30pm; free
Recoleta Cemetery: a cemetery...
Recoleta Cemetery: a cemetery might not be everyone's idea of a good time, but this one is a particularly wonderful example. It's a neighborhood of its own, really, with paved streets separating blocks of elaborately decorated mausoleums and monuments to the creme de la creme of departed Porteños.
Cemetary For Tourists???
I didn't imagine I would be visiting a cemetary after traveling all the way to Argentina, but this one was pretty cool and worth a visit.
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mickle229's Things to Do Tip
While most of the monuments in the cemetery are grand, there are a few mausoleums that are somewhat, shall we say, behind in their monthly payments??
Visit the Recoleta cemetery
A place full of distinctive family vaults and crypts, many with ornate decorations and fascinating inscriptions. Pause especially at the vault containing Eva (Duarte) Peron.
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