ultramarinus – beyond the sea

DAY 2 (2 of 4) – CEMENTERIO DE LA RECOLETA, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA

The visit to the most famous cemetery in Buenos Aires was like a stroll in a neigbhourhood full of beautifully designed mansions. We both agreed that Recoleta Cemetery is the most beautiful cemetery we have ever been to. The planning of Recoleta Cemetery resembles a city with main walkways flanked by splendid mausoleums and narrower walkways lined with smaller tomb structures. Mausoleum designs range from Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Neo-Classical, Neo-Gothic, to Modernist and Minimalist. Many mausoleums are richly decorated with statues and ornaments made with imported materials from Europe. Despite the distinct styles, each mausoleum forms part of a coherent whole of a peaceful scene. Most mausoleums are guarded with ornamental iron gate. Some have glass doors which allow visitors to look into the structure, as if the coffins and personal items of the deceased are on display at an open air museum. We wandered from walkways to walkways, taking photos and admiring many of the fine ornaments: marble statues, stone angles, stain-glass structure, bronze animals, etc. Some decorations were so engaging that they made us wanting to know more about the story of the deceased. We stopped by the tomb of Evita, and saw a funeral service as we headed out the cemetery gate. Well dressed participants of the service chatted and hugged each other as workers moved the coffin out of the car.
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Read other posts on Buenos Aires, Argentina
1. South America 2013
2. Journey Begins

Day 1.1 – San Telmo Loft, Buenos Aires
Day 1.2 – First Walk in Buenos Aires
Day 2.1 – Morning Stroll in San Telmo, Buenos Aires
Day 2.2 – Cementer de la Recoleta, Buenos Aires
Day 2.3 – Architectural Bennale, Buenos Aires
Day 2.4 – El Ateneo Grand Splendid, Buenos Aires
Day 3.1 – Don Julio Parrillas, Buenos Aires
Day 3.2 – Palermo Soho, Buenos Aires
Day 3.3 – Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires
Day 4.1 – Malba, Buenos Aires
Day 4.2 – Chan Chan Peruvian Restaurnant, Buenos Aires
Day 4.3 – Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires
Day 5.1 – Pasaje Defensa, Buenos Aires
Day 5.2 – Buseo de Arte Moderno, Buenos Aires
Day 5.3 – Cafe San Juan, Buenos Aires
Day 5.4 – Cementerio de la Recoleta (2nd Visit), Buenos Aires
Day 5.5 – Dylan Ice-cream Parlour, Buenos Aires

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South America 2013 – Our Destinations
Buenos Aires (Argentina), Iguazu Falls (Argentina/Brazil), Pantanal (Brazil), Brasilia (Brazil), Belo Horizonte & Inhotim (Brazil), Ouro Preto (Brazil), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Paraty (Brazil), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Samaipata & Santa Cruz (Bolivia), Sucre (Bolivia), Potosi (Bolivia), Southwest Circuit (Bolivia), Tilcara, Purmamarca, Salta (Argentina), Cafayate (Argentina), San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), Antofagasta & Paranal Observatory (Chile), Chiloe (Chile), Puerto Varas (Chile), Torres del Paine (Chile), Ushuaia (Argentina), El Chalten (Argentina), El Calafate (Argentina), Isla Magdalena (Argentina), Santiago (Chile), Valparaiso (Chile), Afterthought

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