Buenos Aires – a walk around Cementerio de la Recoleta

This is the most amazing cemetery I’ve ever been to, a must visit if you ever come to Buenos Aires.

It’s the final resting place of many of Argentina’s great and good, including Eva Peron (Evita) and several presidents, generals and writers. It’s like something out of Gormenghast, a huge necropolis with hundreds of mausoleums in many different architectural styles, predominantly Gothic but with lots of Art Noveau and Art Deco, in various states of repair. Many are falling apart and filled with rubbish, the coffins exposed to the prying eyes of the hordes of tourists who come to pay their disrespects every day.

There are many beautiful statues by famous scupltors, one of my favourites is the  Tomb of Liliana Crociati de Szaszak who died tragically in an avalanche on her honeymoon in Austria. The poem on her tomb by her father is really sad (click on the link to read it).

Here is the cemetery webpagesome more info.

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