Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires

Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires (must see)

Set in five and a half acres of land, the Recoleta Cemetery is referred to as the City of the Dead. Many of the gravestones and vaults are works of art and 94 have been declared as National Historic Monuments.

In the 18th century, the monks of the order of Recoletos built the church of Our Lady of Pilar. In 1822 the garden of the church was converted into a public cemetery by architect and civil engineer, Prospero Catelin. The entrance is through neoclassical styled gates with Doric columns. It hosts over 4600 graves and some of them are elaborate marble mausoleums. The layout is like a city with blocks, stone streets and small plazas. In 1881, the streets and the chapel were renovated and extensive maintenance of the sculptures and statues were carried out.

The Recoleta Cemetery is the final resting place of most Argentine Presidents and eminent personalities like Eva Peron, poet, Carlos Guido y Spano, the first Latin American Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Carlos Saavedra Lamas and writer, Victoria Ocampo. Entrance to the cemetery is free and guided tours are conducted in English on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Visitors can purchase maps and take a self-guided tour around the graves and mausoleums of eminent Argentines.

Why You Should Visit:
To experience an interesting mix of mausoleums (some well cared for, others not so much), trees, statues, stray cats and walkways.
Well worth the time, if only to see the somewhat strange above-ground tombs with clearly visible very old coffins.

Tip:
If you're lucky, a local tour guide will offer an hour-long English-speaking tour for 'free' (tips only).
There is no fee to enter the cemetery itself. The toilets are near the gate, just to the left after entering.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 7am-5:30pm

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Recoleta Cemetery on Map

Sight Name: Recoleta Cemetery
Sight Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: Recoleta Neighborhood Walking Tour  

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