"Elite Burial Ground" Recoleta Cemetery - Cementerio de la Recoleta Tip by Bwana_Brown

  Wandering the Alleyways of the Vaults
by Bwana_Brown

We had a beautiful sunny afternoon for our tour of this amazing cemetery, almost too bright! After living their lives of luxury in the trendy restaurants and lush parklands of this part of Buenos Aires, the elite of the city made sure that they had an equally elite place for their bodies to rest in eternity.

Argentinians have a strange fascination for the deceased and, in fact, sometimes quote the date of a person's death as the official 'marker' for the person rather than their birth date. The crypts here are so ornate that seventy of them, along with the entrance gate, have been declared National Historic Sites. In fact, the saying is that it is cheaper to live a life of extravagance in this neighbourhood than it is to pay for your time in Recoleta! Indeed, money alone does not always guarantee admitance to this exclusive club - it is your surname and pedigree that also matters.

We enjoyed our walk among the ornate crypts, with the above ground portion merely the tip of the iceburg. Deep under each one, are burial chambers set up to hold the entire clan.

Address: JunÝn 1760, 1113 Buenos Aires
Directions: This is a worth visiting neighborhood
Phone: +54 11 4803-1594
Website: http://www.cementeriorecoleta.com.ar/

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  • Updated Mar 16, 2005
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