I’m not a morbid person, but I do love a good cemetery with some historical significance. For visitors to Buenos Aires, that’s Recoleta Cemetery.
Historically, Recoleta Cemetery has been the burial place for the city’s elite. Many of Buenos Aires’ and Argentina’s most prominent citizens and public figures are laid to rest here: multiple past presidents of Argentina, well-known artists and writers, and military leaders.
Entrance to Recoleta Cemetery
Husband J and I decided to wander through its mazes of crypts and masoleums. To me, this was more than just a cemetery. It was more like walking through an outdoor museum. Recoleta Cemetery was also a way of understanding how Argentina’s elite wanted to express their love for the dearly departed as well as let everyone know “I was the MAN/WOMAN” Does that make sense? In many cases, no expense was spared for making sure that these persons were given lovely homes after they passed on. Take a look.
Do you recognize someone?
There was no way that I was going to Recoleta Cemetery and not paying my respects to one particular resident. That would be Mrs. Eva Peron. She is buried in her family’s space (The Duartes), although there has been lots of controversy and intrigue regarding her final resting place over the years. Don’t worry; she’s in there now.
You won’t have a problem figuring out which one’s hers because there is usually a crowd in front of it. I captured this pic above simply by being taller than most of the people around me.
A variety of groups and individuals have had plaques installed on the front of the mausoleum in tribute to Mrs. Peron.
All in all, our walk through Recoleta Cemetery wa a pretty interesting look at the history people of Buenos Aires from a different perspective even if there were moments that I got the hee bee gee bees (I’m a fraidy cat).
Have you visited a famous cemetery and enjoyed it? Where was it? I wanted to go to a few of the famous cemeteries in New Orleans, but I didn’t get a chance.