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La Recoleta Cemetery

La Recoleta Cemetery is a famous cemetery located in the exclusive Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The layout of the cemetery was designed by the French engineer Prospero Catelin, and was remodeled in 1881, while Torcuato de Alvear was mayor of the city, by the Italian architect Juan Antonio Buschiazzo.

The Cemetery includes graves of some of the most influential and important persons of Argentina, including several presidents, scientists, and wealthy characters. Internationally, Eva Peron is the best known person buried in this cemetery.

The entrance to the cemetery is through neo-classical gates with tall Greek columns. 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.

While many of the mausoleums are in fine shape and well-maintained, others have fallen into disrepair. Several can be found with broken glass, littered with rubbish, and on occasion you might find a mausoleum being used as a janitorial supply closet, with cleaning and maintenance products stored on top of coffins.

Each mausoleum bears the family name etched into the facade; brass or bronze plaques are added to the front for particular family members. La Recoleta is one of those cemeteries where the tradition of engraving a death date but no birth date has been maintained.

One interesting and unique aspect of La Recoleta is a colony of feral cats that resides within the gates. Although they can be spotted anytime, they tend to gather in groups of dozens near closing-time, when some locals feed them.

The cemetery was featured in the educational film Destinos as the final resting spot of a wife of the main character.

Famous people buried at La Recoleta

Some of the famous interred in La Recoleta Cemetery are:

William Brown (admiral) (1777-1857), Admiral, Father of the Argentine Navy

Juan Bautista Alberdi (1810-1884), writer, politician, lawyer

Juan Pujol, the first Governor of the Province of Corrientes and designer of the First Argentine National Stamp.

Luis Cesar Amadori (1902-1977), poet, composer

Nicolas Avellaneda (1837-1885), President of Argentina

Susan Barrantes, (1937-1998), mother of Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York

Adolfo Bioy Casares (1914-1999), writer

Miguel Juarez Celman (1844-1909), President of Argentina

Juan Manuel de Rosas (1793-1877), politician, caudillo

Luis Firpo (1894-1960), heavyweight boxer, "The Wild Bull of the Pampas"

Oliverio Girondo (1891-1967), poet, journalist

Jose Hernandez (1834-1886), writer

Arturo Umberto Illia (1900-1983), President of Argentina

Enrique Larreta (1875-1961), writer

Luis F. Leloir (1906-1987), scientist, Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry

Leandro Alem (1844-1896) politician

Candido Lopez (1840-1902), painter and soldier

Vicente Lopez y Planes (1785-1856), lyrcist, politician

Leopoldo Lugones (1874-1938), writer

Eduardo Mallea (1903-1982), novelist, essayist

Carlos Menditeguy (1915-1973), race car driver and sportsman

Bartolome Mitre (1821-1906), writer, former president

Victoria Ocampo (1890-1979), writer, publisher

Carlos Pellegrini (1846-1906), former president

Luis Piedrabuena (1833-1883), explorer

Eva Peron (1919-1952), First Lady of Argentina

Honorio Pueyrredon (1876-1945), educator, statesman

Hipolito Yrigoyen (1852-1933), politician, former president

Dante Quinterno (1909-2003), cartoonist

Carlos Saavedra Lamas (1878-1959), statesman, Nobel Peace Prize winner

Domingo Sarmiento (1811-1888), writer, former president

Juan Facundo Quiroga (1790-1835), caudillo

Isabel Walewski Colonna (1847),grandson of Napoleon Bonaparte born in Buenos Aires and die 6 days before.

See also

List of other famous cemeteries

External links

Video on La Recoleta Cemetery

Picture gallery from South-America including a slideshow from the Recoleta Cemetery

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