"Recoleta Cemetery" Recoleta Cemetery - Cementerio de la Recoleta Tip by Bwana_Brown

  The Greek-style Entrance to the Cemetary
by Bwana_Brown
 
 

After finishing our tour of the San Telmo area, and stopping for lunch, we said that is just about enough walking for one day! So, we then took a taxi across the city to the Recoleta district.

It was time to visit the world-famous cemetery ourselves to see what all the fuss was about! The Recoleta area was originally a wooded section of land outside of the city itself. This led to the Dominican and Franciscan orders developing religious 'retreats' here in the early 1700s, where the monks could meditate - thus the name 'recoleta' which means 'a place of retreat'.

The city gradually expanded over the next century, slowly bringing Recoleta into it's grasp. However, the big changes came following the outbreak of Yellow Fever in the heart of Buenos Aires in 1871, resulting in the rich city dwellers choosing to move to new, healthier ground. They brought their money with them to Recoleta and developed this part of the city into an exclusive and trendy place to live.

Naturally, they had to have a cemetery able to meet their high standards, so Recoleta cemetery, with it's classic Greek-style neo-Doric entrance gate, fit the bill perfectly!

Address: Corner of Junin St. and Av. Quintana
Directions: Northeast part of the city, near the Rio de la Plata between the Retiro railroad station and the Zoo.
Phone: +54 11 4803-1594
Website: http://www.cementeriorecoleta.com.ar/

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  • Updated Mar 21, 2005
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