Recoleta is most known for the grand Cementerio de la Recoleta (Recoleta Cemetery), founded in 1822 for the wealthy, the powerful and the famous. It is the most luxury and important cemetery of Latin America because of the magnificence splendor of the mausoleums as well as for the famous people buried there. One of Argentina's architectural gems, it is four hectares big and crammed with exquisitely designed headstones and graceful monuments (sculptures and carving statues in iron, bronze and marble).
Of the cemetery's most famous residents, one in particular receives most of the attention: Maria Eva Duarte Peron or Evita. The burial site can easily be located by following the guided tours or by seeking out the mass of visitors. The cemetery also contains the tombs of writers, scientists, national heroes and former presidents, exhibiting a variety of architectural styles.
It is open daily 7am-6pm; there are guided tours on every last Sunday of month from March to November at 2:30pm; free admission.
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Wandering through the wide avenues and narrow alleys of the Cemeterio de Recoleta, all lined with an amazing assortment of mausolea, is quite fascinating, and a favourite weekend occupation of Portenos (the name Buenos Aires residents are generally known by). For a great overview of the statues and adornments of the tombs, be sure to visit the museum in the cloisters of the Basilica Nuestra Senora de Pilar next door where windows overlook the cemetery.
The cemetery's most notorious "resident" is Maria Eva Duerte de Peron - aka Evita - there's always a crowd around her family mausoleum which, apart from the dedicatory plaques and flowers for Evita herself, is a very dull affair when compared to many of the tombs found here.
Just as the city outside is a sampler of architectural styles of the late 19th and 20th centuries, so too are the miniature houses of the dead here in the cemetery. Art Noveau is a popular theme, but neoclassicalism, Gothic, Art Deco and more all make an appearance. Angels are everywhere, stained glass adorns white marble and black onyx, there are statues of heroes, busts of the great and the good (and not-so-good, I'm sure) and touching sculptures of children - look out for the bronze maiden and her dog standing outside one of the newer tombs.
Unless you're really interested in a who's who of Argentinian society - only the rich and socially acceptable are laid to rest here - I'm not sure that I'd bother to take a tour, but just to wander for a while is fascinating and browsing this excellent website put together by ex-BA-dweller, photographer and city guide extraordinaire Robert Wrighton, is a great way to explore the alleys and hidden corners at your leisure.
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.
The cemetry of Recoleta is an amazing place. It looks like a small walled town. It is mentioned to be the most expensive property in Argentina. Many important figures in the the history of this country are buried here, including Evita Peron.
Do take some time to visist the cemetry.
It is open daily from 07h00 to 18h00.
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
This is the most famous Argentinian cemetery and the name comes from the area where it is located. During the 19th century, because of the yellow fever epidemy that hit the city, most rich persons moved from San Temo area to this area as it was considered healthier, and so the area became a quarter of rich people and the cemetery became the place where the most important families built their graves. It is particulary known as the place where Evita Peron was buried, but I must say her grave is one of the least impressive, it is plenty of fine sculptures all around.
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.
It's one of the most distinguished cemeteries of the world. It was founded in 1822 by the recoletos monks. It has famous sculptures and graves where illustrious personages rest, many of which are considered to be Historical Monuments.
It may seem weird to visit a cemetery, but I really recommend this visit!!
Es uno de los cementerios mas destacados del mundo. Fue fundado en 1822 por los monjes recoletos. Posee famosas esculturas y tumbas donde descansan personajes ilustres, muchas de las cuales son consideradas Monumentos Historicos.
Puede sonar extraño visitar un cementerio, pero de verdad que recomiendo esta visita!!
I found visiting the cementary very interesting. If you can get past the idea of walking through a cemetary, the walk around has interesting and beautiful internments. The architecture and sculptures are amazing. There are people offering a guided tour at the entrance but we chose to walk around ourselves.
Ya se que no es normal visitar cementerios cuando vas de turista , pero en Buenos Aires hay que visitar La Recoleta
La vida y la muerte
Recoleta, un barrio tan ambivalente,
por un lado la vida, por el otro la muerte.
Bares, restaurantes, parques florecientes,
feria de artesanos, risas de la gente.
La muerte los mira silenciosamente,
paz del cementerio, del lado de enfrente.
Detrás de sus muros reposa el valiente,
poetas, deportistas, varios presidentes,
atrapa el misterio de jóvenes niñas,
de historias de amor y bellas durmientes.
Angeles custodian sus sueños truncado...,
Poesía: Susana Espósito
I know that is not normal to visit cemeteries when you are like a tourist , but in Buenos Aires you must visit The Recoleta
The life and the dead
The Recoleta , a district ambivalent
in one side the life and in the other the death
Bars , restaurants , flowered parks
artisans fair , laughs of the people
the death looks them silently
cemetery peace in the opposite side
Behind its walls rests the brave
poets , sportsmen , several presidents
grabs the mystery of young girls
of love stories and sleeping beauties
Angels keep their broken dreams...
Poet : Susana Espósito
(sorry for the translation is difficult for me)
Every guidebook and tip will recommend a visit to the cemetery. I wouldn't advise otherwise; it is fascinating. Take time to peer into some of the crypts, take notice of the peculiar designs, and savor the history of old Buenos Aires.
There is also some interesting people watching here. You will encounter locals here for the cemetery's originally intended purpose, but many more tourists and locals just out for a walk. All walks of life are represented: rich elders in furs to young teenagers just out and about.
Don't bother to buy the cemetery map that they sell at the entrance. There is a large map inside the cemetery, but you will probably just want to wander around anyway.
I'm not generally a cemetery-visiting sort of person, but this one is quite unique and deserves a visit, even if it's brief.
The rich and powerful of Buenos Aires' families are buried here. And the most notable grave is of Eva Peron, which is ironic because she came from the lowliest beginnings and worked hard to help out the poorest of Argentine families. To reach her family crypt you go about halfway down the main path as you enter then turn to the left. There will probably be a small crowd since there are guides that take groups around for a fee.
These elaborate crypts have several levels of underground chambers and can hold up to 30 cadavers. When they get fully occupied the oldest remains are cremated and space is made available again. On the day I was there I ran into several caretakers who were more than willing to explain the details.
This is the burial ground for the rich and famous of Argentina. The most expensive property in the country. Inaugarated in 1882. This is where Eva Peron and members of the Duarte family are encrypted. It is open daily 7am to 6pm. Free admission. Maps are for sale at the entrance(1-2 US dollars). There a lots of stray cats that wander through the cemetery.
This was a wonderful place to visit! It's free to get in ---but I'd have paid $10 to go in because the tombs, the statues, the buildings were so beautiful in a trdgic way. Some of the tombs have suffered from neglect and so the walls and roofs have collapsed leaving wooden coffins open to the elements. Such a lack of dignity for the dead. Other tombs have been build in recent years and they are in good condition. Those who have been buried here have paid for the government of Buenos Aires to maintain the cemetery, we were told ----but until recently money was not being spent on the place.
Evita Peron's tomb has dark doors ---there was a red rose in the door when we were there. There is another Peron tomb elsewhere in the cemetery ---perhaps Evita's relations?
Many of the tombs are decorated with carvings of the person inside and there lots had pictorial representations of that person's life.
There is a full size statue of a girl with her pet dog, buried in 1974, if I remember correctly. It's a wonderful piece of work.
Look also at the roofs of the buildings: many have ornate skylights and vents.
I will be adding photos of this place soon.
About 5 minutes walk from here is a huge tree, amongst bars and restaurants. It is vast! See if you can find it!
Would I visit this place again? Yes!
No visit to Buenos Aires would be complete with visiting a cemetary....well not just any cemetary but the most famous one in the entire city. While you might not be rich or famous enough to be buried in the most illustratious cemetary in Argentina, you can at least visit. Located in the center of the city with the vibrant sounds of the the streets all around one could wonder how the dead get any peace and quiet. The architecture of the tombs is as diverse as the people buried in the cemetary and makes for an interesting visit. As if wandering around a maze of dead people wasn't interesting of enough in itself. And the best part? If your lucky enough you might wander upon the final resting place of Madonna!