Buenos Aires, Argentina – La Recoleta Cemetery
One of the most fascinating attractions that Ashley and I encountered during our time in Buenos Aires was the Cemetery of Recoleta, a veritable city of the dead. The cemetery is laid out in rows like city blocks, each lined with elaborate mausoleums adorned with sculptures of crosses, angels and busts of the deceased inhabitants. Originally home to the monks of the Order of the Recoletos beginning in the early eighteenth century, it was converted into a public cemetery in 1822 when the order was disbanded. A yellow fever epidemic in the 1870’s drove many of Buenos Aires’ elites from their homes in neighborhoods such as San Telmo and towards safer ground in the northern part of the city, Recoleta. This influx ensured that Recoleta would be the final resting place of the most prominent and prestigious citizens that Buenos Aires had to offer. Walking through its “streets” is disorienting, haunting, overwhelming and beautiful all at the same time. It is said to be one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world, and I would be hard pressed to argue with that.
Many Tombs and Sculptures
Probably the Most Famous – Eva Perón