City of the Dead: La Recoleta

I’m not sure what it says about Buenos Aires that one of it’s biggest tourist attractions is a cemetery. I can’t really think of anywhere else, even London with it’s gorgeous Victorian graveyards, where tourists flock to a cemetery in such high numbers.

Of course, I can’t really think of any cemeteries quite like Recoleta:

The place well lives up to it’s reputation as one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. Each tomb is a unique work of art, an individual memorial to a person or family. Not all of them are quite as fancy as the one above (my personal favorite), but they run the full gamut from sedate and stately to flashy and elaborate. Some are in pristine condition and some are pretty dilapidated:

Of course the biggest celebrity in Recoleta is Eva Peron. Tourists flock to her tomb, despite the fact that it definitely falls under the more boring design category:

Honestly though, there’s so much more to see in La Recoleta than Evita’s little plaque. A couple hours wandering the blocks of tombs leads to all sorts of details and discoveries:

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20 thoughts on “City of the Dead: La Recoleta”

  1. When I used to live in Argentina I enjoyed visiting both Recoleta and Chacarita. On the weekends they are packed with tourists, but on weekdays they are very quiet and great places to contemplate.

  2. Wow! It’s amazing how cemeteries could be so beautiful too. I guess it’s better they’re pretty than scary looking.

    I can’t say the same for cemeteries here in the Philippines though. I’d love to visit different cemeteries all over the world and see how people actually keep their dead pampered. 🙂

  3. Amazing photos!! I had no idea the graveyard was so extensive and the tombs so elaborate. Thanks!

    I’ve never been to Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris but that gets a lot of traffic too. (Instead of Evita, it has Jim Morrison I guess….)

  4. I remember wandering around all the cemetery. It’s actually a very nice, peaceful place. Even when it’s too hot to walk. And there are cats everywhere.

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