Don't Be Fearful, Visit Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires

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This may not be the creepiest cemetery, in case you are seeking a terror experience but it is worth visiting if you are around Recoleta, a fancy neighborhood in Buenos Aires.

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Though being no more, no less than a cemetery, it is a pleasant place to get lost through its several corridors. It is also a paradox to find this cemetery framed in one of the most expensive areas of the city.

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I was invited to visit this cemetery with other people to take some photos. At first I was not interested at all, as I disliked, for a matter of respect, taking in this kind of place as a place for sightseeing. I have to say I was wrong; I was caught wandering like in an open-sky museum. A sort of mix of art, death, and history. There are so many beautiful things to lay your eyes on. Finally, the time set for the tour was not enough to visit it all. There you get trapped and time is still as death.

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Some history background about Recoleta’s Cemetery? This place used to be the garden of a monks’ convent, but in 1822 it was turned into the first cemetery of the city and in 1946, it was declared a museum.

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It has to be said that not any common person has its place in there. Within its walls are presidents, politicians, scientists, military officers, artists, and celebrities resting in peace. Most of their vaults and mausoleums were also constructed by important architects and are adorned with several sculptures. Which is the most visited of all? It is the one belonging to Evita Peron, you may have heard or not heard about her but certainly, you have listened to Madonna, as Evita, singing “Don’t cry for me Argentina”, right?

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There are also some myths and legends floating in the air but it is worth hearing them when you are there, sensing them. In addition, it is home of some living creatures. An important amount of cats are living there. You will see them walking around as if they are the owners of the cemetery.

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So if you are ever around Recoleta, a neighborhood full of life, restaurants, bars, cinemas, even a mall, and an artisans’ fair every weekend, don’t be afraid to adventure through its cemetery, you’ll find a place to be amazed.

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Take note of the address: Junín 1760 – Buenos Aires. It is open every day. You can visit it whenever you want, 365 days of the year. Visiting hours is from 7.00am to 6.00pm, plenty of time to wander around its magnificent tombs and mausoleums as it has no less than 5.5 has. One last thing: the entrance is free though there are some people who may want to charge you. Also, there are free tours: Tuesday to Sunday in Spanish, Tuesday and Thursday in English, Wednesday in Italian, and Friday in Portuguese.

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written by pomps on 2011-11-08 in #world #locations #buenos-aires #argentina #location #recoleta #cemetery #grave #sculptures #requested #urban-adventures #statue #b-w

3 Comments

  1. beatpoetj
    beatpoetj ·

    great article

  2. troch
    troch ·

    Very interesting article!

  3. neurodiaz
    neurodiaz ·

    Nice article.

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