Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Photo Essay: Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires


Recoleta Cemetery is the most popular tourist attraction in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and it’s not hard to see why.

Recoleta’s gorgeous tombs make it a photographer’s dream.  And if you’re not a photographer, you will become one instantly!  This place is inspirational.

Recoleta is the most exclusive cemetery in Argentina.  Anybody who’s anybody is buried here, from politicians and artists to members of elite families, especially the Alvears.  Half of the Recoleta neighborhood is named after the Alvears!

The most famous tomb there, of course, is that of Eva Peron.  She is buried in the Duarte family tomb.

When visiting the cemetery, be sure to protect your skin.  Even if you rarely burn, like I do, being surrounded by marble will hit you with double the UV rays.  Sunscreen is not an option here!

I stood and pondered this one for a while.  It seems allegorical — does it represent the triumph of faith over reason, or justice above all else?

This tomb was built for a little girl.  So sad.

The poem left by her father will break your heart.  Why, why, why? he cries.

Angel watching over the dead.

Recoleta Cemetery is about a 15-20 minute walk from the Pueyreddon stop on the subte’s D line.  Take in the sights of Barrio Norte on the way!  (Also, be careful, because this is where I was pickpocketed.)

Entry is free, though you’ll find people selling maps.  Honestly, you don’t need them — just follow the crowds to find Evita!  There are also free English-language tours on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 AM.

This is the most spellbinding attraction in Buenos Aires.  Be sure not to miss it.


11 Responses to “Photo Essay: Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires”
  1. Amy says:

    You got some great pics! I didn’t know you were pickpocketed in Buenos Aires. What did they take? I now feel better about having my wallet jacked in Edinburgh, haha. That was really not fun, but it all worked out (and I so had photocopies of everything!) in the end. Plus someone turned in all the credit cards and license to the Edinburgh police a few days later and they mailed it to me. Got my FU ID back, lol!

    • Kate says:

      No way! That’s amazing!

      Yeah, I kept the pickpocketing part quiet for a long time. I was embarrassed about it, especially since I was such an idiot and didn’t have a backup stash of money elsewhere. I had to Western Union myself. THANK GOD for Amex — they really are wonderful when you’re in a pinch in another country!

  2. Sucks with the pickpocket … man! Nothing to be embarrassed about, these people are professionals. Love the pictures. We went and could have spend hours!!!

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  4. Jonny says:

    I visited the cemetery at the turn of the year with my girlfriend and she took so many photos. I was surprised to see so many graves in disrepair and the fact the doors were open with the caskets accessible! Eye opening!

  5. Going to Argentina for the first time this year – can’t wait to see this!!

  6. Túlio says:

    I love this place. In Buenos Aires you have the Chacarita Cemetery too that is very interesting and HUGE! Greetings.

  7. awesome pics collection from Argentina …loving to go there…

  8. Pauline says:

    I have been living in BA for soon three months now, and I love the city. I have to go back and visit the Cemetery once again before I leave. What more did you do in BA, is there more post about it?

  9. Demi says:

    Visited here last summer, beautiful place! It was their fall and the leaves were just starting to change in the surrounding park!

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