Our first touristy site was La Recoleta, a famous cemetery located in the exclusive Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires. Graves of some of the most influential and important Argentinian, including several presidents, scientists and wealthy characters reside here. I expect the grave of María Eva Duarte de Perón, better known as Eva Perón or internationally as Evita, is the most famous. Most people will remember the movie Evita in which Madonna played Eva Perón. Her Wiki biography is really worth a read, she was quite aninspirational character.
The cemetery contains many elaborate marble mausoleums, decorated with statues, in a wide variety of architectural styles. The entire cemetery is laid out in sections like city blocks with wide tree-lined main walkways branching into sidewalks filled with mausoleums – it is gigantic!
Each grave bears the family name etched into the facade; brass or bronze plaques are added to the front for particular family members. It is one of those cemeteries where the tradition of engraving a death date but no birth date has been maintained.
While many are in fine shape and well-maintained, others have fallen into a state of disrepair. Several can be found with broken glass which allowed us to take photos of the inside. Strange to see how they stack the coffins. The underground chamber seems to go down some distance and could possibly hold up to 30–40 coffins.
Evita’s grave is the one decorated with flowers.