At La Recoleta Cemetery, you can lose yourself for hours in this labyrinthine city for the dead.
Located in 5.5 hectares (14 acres), the site contains 4691 vaults, all above ground, of which 94 have been declared National Historical Monuments by the Argentine government and are protected by the state. The entire cemetery is laid out in sections like city blocks, with wide tree-lined main walkways branching into sidewalks filled with mausoleums.
While many of the mausoleums are in fine shape and well-maintained, others have fallen into disrepair. Several can be found with broken glass and littered with rubbish. Among many memorials are works by notable Argentine sculptors, Lola Mora and Luis Perlottifor instance. The tomb of Liliana Crociati de Szaszak, due to its unusual design, is of special interest.
Statues, sarcophagi, coffins and crypts commemorate some of Argentina’s most celebrated sons and daughters, not least Eva Peron. Free tours in English are available at 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Don’t forget to pick up a map at the entrance!
La Recoleta Cemetery visit hours
07:00 – 17:45 hrs.
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