Recoleta Cemetery - The Final Resting Place for Buenos Aires' Greats

When I first thought about visiting this cemetery, I didn't place it high on my to-do list.  Wow, was I surprised.  While you can't take it with you, many of BA's greatest and richest sure took it with them all the way to their grave.  Mausoleums contain furniture, pictures, stained glass windows enclosed behind glass doors, some with imposing statues.  With the number of residents totaling over 6,000 within the 4,691 vaults - this, in my opinion, surpasses Paris famous cemetery in scope and architecture.

La Recoleta Cemetery is a cemetery located in the Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It contains the graves of notable people, including Eva Perón, Raúl Alfonsín, and several presidents of Argentina. Set in 5.5 hectares (14 acres,] the property contains 4691 vaults, all above ground, of which 94 have been declared National Historical Monuments by the Argentine government and are protected by the state. The cemetery contains many elaborate marble mausoleums, decorated with statues, in a wide variety of architectural styles, and most materials used between 1880 and 1930 in the construction of tombs were imported from Paris and Milan.. The entire cemetery is laid out in sections like city blocks, with wide tree-lined main walkways branching into sidewalks filled with mausoleums.

Entrance to Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Tombs in Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Statue on Tomb, Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Tombs in Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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