Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Recoleta Cemetery - Buenos Aires

La Recoleta Cemetery is a  cemetery located in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It contains graves of notable people, including Evita Peron, Presidents if Argentina, Nobel Prize winners, the founder of the Argentine Navy, and a granddaughter of Napoleon.
One of the most popular graves is that of Evita Peron Duarte, and people are always there visiting and bringing flowers.
 Some of the mausoleums are elaborately sculpted statues and scenes.

Some of the graves have been left to the elements probably because they are so old that there are no more descendants left to care for them.
This necropolis consists of neat walkways flanked by grave after grave of the rich and notable of Argentine society through history.
Some monuments are built like pyramids, fitting since the worship of the dead is most notable by the Egyptians.

Some of the crypts are so old that the doors are left ajar and a visitor can spy the coffins within. I have seen small coffins, large elaborate coffins, urns. In some, the family remains are placed in crypts under the ground and as that compartment is filled they begin to place them on the main level.
It is one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world with many statues and lavishly built mausoleums. 

After a visit to the cemetery, a visitor should stop at the celebrated if overpriced La Biela cafe across the park for a coffee and a pastry. I recommend the apple pie!