angels Evita Recoleta Cemetery

Seeking Evita among the angels at Recoleta Cemetery

by Michael on December 10, 2012

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Recoleta is the most famous cemetery in Buenos Aires, not just because it’s the burial place of Eva Peron. It’s a beautiful place to visit and home to almost 100 stray cats. They’re truly fat cats since a group of women feeds them twice a day. An hour spent at Recoleta is an oasis in the dynamic city of Buenos Aires.  You can even book an affordable hotel on Expedia close to this popular attraction. The Recoleta area is very quiet and has good options for accommodation that are convenient to shops and restaurants.

Eva Peron at Recoleta Cemetery

Buenos Aires recoleta cemetery Evita Duarte tomb

The famous Eva Peron of Evita fame is buried with her family in the Duarte mausoleum. She is buried 22 feet underground to prevent anyone taking her body.

Recoleta cemetery evita plaque

For all her influence on political history and pop culture, we were surprised to learn that Eva Peron was only 33 when she died.

Buenos Aires Recoleta cemetery evita plaque

Before being buried at Recoleta, she had lain in a graveyard for over two decades in Italy under an assumed name. A previous government had sent her corpse overseas because they were so worried about the symbolic value of her burial site.

Buenos Aires Recolata cemetary angel

 

Buenos Aires recoleta Cemetery 2 angels cross

 Buenos Aires is blessed with clear skies for a large city. Which makes sense for a city whose name means “good air.”

Buenos Aires Recoleta cemetary skull

Despite all the angels hovering above, some of the symbolism is downright morbid.

Buenos Aires recoleta cemetery greek tomb

 This tomb looks like it would be right at home in Egypt.

Recoleta broken tombs

Some of the tombs are falling apart, revealing the coffins buried inside. 

Buenos Aires Recoleta cemetery

Buenos Aires recoleta Cemetery

Miguel Cane, with a name sounding very much like the actor, was a president of the Jockey Club in Buenos Aires.

Buenos Aires recoleta cemetery cats

Recoleta Cemetery is also famous for its many feral cats. A child chases one as Jesus looks on.

We seem to have a growing fascination with strolling around cemeteries on our travels. Rather than being dreary, they are beautiful outdoor art galleries that celebrate life. Recoleta is open from 8AM to 6PM daily, with free admission. English language tours are offered on Thursdays at 11AM.

Here are pictures of Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, the final resting place for many French luminaries and even Doors singer Jim Morrison.

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Barbara December 10, 2012 at 10:15 am

Hi Michael & Larissa,
Terrific post! I am someone who is into Genealogy, which usually means “nos scare” when it comes to old graveyards.
I have no problems visiting them.

Wonderful photos. I enjoyed hearing about Evita’s grave as well as the others.

Cheers!

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Michael December 10, 2012 at 7:32 pm

Thanks Barbara. Old graveyards can be pretty fascinating.

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Stan December 25, 2012 at 9:30 am

I visited Recoleta last year. Great pics of a beautiful place.

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Charlie December 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm

I was there last year and am amazed at the crowds that still appear at Eva Peron’s grave. She’s like a rock star there.

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