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La Recoleta Cemetery

This city cemetery contains the graves of some of Argentina’s most notable politicians and public figures, including Eva Perón.

La Recoleta is famous for being the final resting place of Buenos Aires’ wealthiest and most recognized figures. The paved streets of this mini city are lined with towering mausoleums, statues, and row upon row of tombs. Atmospheric and somewhat eerie, the cemetery is one of ‘the city’s most visited tourist attractions. It is also known for its range of architecture, with examples of art deco, neo-Gothic and baroque styles.

The cemetery was built in 1822 and contains more than 4,500 tombs. More than 90 of these have been declared national historic monuments and are protected by the Argentine government. The most notable grave sites include Argentina’s presidents, Nobel prize winners, and Argentina’s most famous first lady, Eva Perón, also known as Evita. The cemetery is also home to many cats that have been living there since the 1980s.

The entrance to the cemetery sets the scene with its spectacular columns and intricate carvings. Stepping inside is like entering another city. You’ll see streets branching off in every direction, so make sure you pick up a map from the administration office at the cemetery entrance before heading in.

If you have the time, it’s nice to wander around the cemetery at your own pace. The less visited tombs can be just as interesting as the more well-known, and are likely to be less crowded.

Eventually, you’ll find your way to Evita’s gravesite, where she is entombed with five other family members. Their tomb is not as extravagant as some of the others but is continually adorned with fresh flowers from devoted followers and those paying tribute.

Make your way to the tomb of Liliana Crociati de Szaszak, which is one of the more unique tombs in the cemetery. The tombs of military generals are also interesting, as they often have statues outside their doors.

La Recoleta Cemetery is located in the Recoleta area in northeast Buenos Aires. Several buses from downtown stop in the area. The cemetery is open every day, and admission is free.


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