It’s the place where the rich and/or famous meet their final resting place in Buenos Aires … and it’s the most beautiful cemetery I have seen to date.
Established in the early 19th century, Recoleta Cemetery is in the upscale Buenos Aires neighborhood of the same name. And while Recoleta offers a lot of great places to shop and stroll, it’s the cemetery that’s the headliner.
And the showstopper. This place is stunning.
More than 4600 elaborate tombs and mausoleums are densely packed on top of 14 acres of land. Many monuments are two stories high — some even taller — and echo architectural styles from all over the world. There’s so much to see! I spent a couple of hours meandering, and I really only scratched the surface. I even forgot to look for Eva Perón’s tomb. I was so lost in thought weaving my way through all the nooks and crannies.
But I didn’t get lost!
Most cemeteries I’ve visited in other countries have been green spaces filled with tall trees, overgrown landscaping, curvy paths and a mixture of headstones and monuments. Recoleta’s design, however, is a mother lode of stone that follows a grid pattern. While it’s easy to get turned around when you’re dwarfed by the huge mausoleums, it’s pretty hard to truly get lost. Even for me. 🙂
Looking for individual tombs, though, must be tough, and I noticed that there was a map displayed at the cemetery’s (grand) entrance. I didn’t ask, but I think they also offer printed maps highlighting the cemetery’s more famous, um, residents.
While taking photos during my visit, I also snapped this pic of my new boots. It’s winter in Buenos Aires and the perfect time to break out — and break in — my newest pair of Teva De La Vinas. If you recall, I got a lot of mileage out of my first pair. I can’t wait to see where Boots 2.0 take me!
Here are more photos from my stroll through La Recoleta Cemetery: