La Recoleta Cemeterio

Trip Start Mar 09, 2010
Trip End Mar 09, 2010

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Flag of Argentina  , Capital Federal District,
Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Historical Background

The Recoleta cemetery was inaugurated on 17 November 1822 becoming the first public cemetery in the city of Buenos Aires, and the most relevant historical and artistic monument of the country.

The ones responsible for its creation were the then Governor Martin Rodriguez and his minister Bernardino Rivadavia.  The first two interred were a black freedboy, Juan Benito, and a young lady called Maria Dolores Maciel.  The site, of 54,843 square meters, has 4,800 vaults.  Its front portico in Greek Doric style without base was finished during one of the major reforms requested in 1881 by the then president of the City Council, Torcuato de Alvear.

From that moment, there followed all the logical alterations for an active necropolis and as time passed by it has been architecturally enhanced until it became a major expression of funeral architecture worldwide.

The more relevant players of Argentine history rest in Recoleta:  politicians, military men, statesmen, explorers, priests, leaders, writers and poets lie there in silent testimony, honoured today by the presence of thousands of Argentine and foreign visitors who enjoy a truly magnificent human creation....    from brochure by Cemetery of Recoleta Friends Association.

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