La Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Entrance to the famous Recoleta cemetery, renowned for its rich funeral architecture and sculptures that make it an open air museum, Buenos AIres, Argentina

Entrance to the famous Recoleta cemetery, renowned for its rich funeral architecture and sculptures that make it an open air museum, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

“La Recoleta Cemetery (Spanish: Cementerio de la Recoleta) is a cemetery located in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina.  It contains the graves of notable people, including Eva Perón, presidents of Argentina. Nobel Prize winners, the founder of the Argentine Navy, and a granddaughter of Napoleon.  In 2011, the BBC hailed it as one of the world’s best cemeteries, and in 2013, CNN listed it among the 10 most beautiful cemeteries in the world.”– Wikipedia

Skyscraper view of the funeral architecture and sculptures of Recoleta cemetery, Buenos AIres, Argentina

Skyscraper view of the funeral architecture and sculptures of Recoleta cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

“Set in 5.5 hectares (14 acres), the site contains 4691 vaults, all above ground, of which 94 have been declared National Historical Monuments by the Argentine government and are protected by the state.  The entrance to the cemetery is through neo-classical gates with tall Doric columns.  The cemetery contains many elaborate marble mausoleums, decorated with statues, in a wide variety of architectural styles such as Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Baroque, and Neo-Gothic, and most materials used between 1880 and 1930 in the construction of tombs were imported from Paris and Milan.  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 and littered with rubbish.” — Wikipedia

 

Diverse architecture for mausoleums of families from many different countries, Recoleta cemetery, Buenos AIres, Argentina

Diverse architecture for mausoleums of families from many different countries, Recoleta cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

A variety of architectural styles for columns to mausoleums, Recoleta cemetery, Buenos AIres, Argentina

A variety of architectural styles for columns to mausoleums, Recoleta cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

 

This family's mausoleum was wrapped with a sculptural frieze, Recoleta cemetery, Buenos AIres, Argentina

This family’s mausoleum was wrapped with a sculptural frieze, Recoleta cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

One of many former presidents' mausoleums, this belong to Dr. Raul Ricardo Alfonsin, Recoleta cemetery, Buenos AIres, Argentina

One of many former presidents’ mausoleums, this belong to Dr. Raul Ricardo Alfonsin, Recoleta cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

A small portion of a long "avenue" of individual mausolem "houses", Recoleta cemetery, Buenos AIres, Argentina

A small portion of a long “avenue” of individual mausoleum “houses”, Recoleta cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

The grandest mausolem building, belonging, naturally, to the wealthiest family in the city, Recoleta cemetery, Buenos AIres, Argentina

The grandest mausoleum building, belonging, naturally, to the wealthiest family in the city, Recoleta cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

María Eva Duarte de Perón was the second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón and served as the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952, Recoleta cemetery, Buenos AIres, Argentina

María Eva Duarte de Perón was the second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón and served as the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952, Recoleta cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

Eva Perón is buried in her family’s (the Duartes) mausoleum, in Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires.  “Eva Perón was born on May 7, 1919, in Los Toldos, Argentina.  After moving to Buenos Aires in the 1930s, she had some success as an actress.  In 1945, she married Juan Perón, who became president of Argentina the following year.  Eva Perón used her position as first lady to fight for women’s suffrage and improving the lives of the poor, and became a legendary figure in Argentine politics.  She died in 1952.  

“Perón’s life changed dramatically when she married Juan Perón, a colonel and government official, in 1945.  He became president of Argentina the following year, and his wife proved to be a powerful political influence.  Eva Perón used her position as first lady to fight for causes she believed in, including women’s suffrage and improving the lives of the poor.  She also unofficially ran the ministries of health and labor in her husband’s government.  Perón became a legendary figure in Argentine politics.  A skilled speaker, she was adored by the poor citizens she worked hard to help, but she was not without critics and detractors.  Asked to run as vice president with her husband in 1951, she faced opposition by the army.  Perón ultimately turned down the post—possibly due to the health issues she was battling around this same time, stemming from cervical cancer.  Perón made her last public appearance in June 1952, at her husband’s second inauguration.  The following month, she succumbed to her illness:  Perón died of cervical cancer in Buenos Aires on July 26, 1952.  She was given a funeral fit for a head of state, showing how much public support she had from the Argentine people at the time.  Since her death, Perón’s life continues to fascinate people around the world.  The story of a poor girl who became a prominent political power has been the subject of countless books, films and plays.  Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote the hit musical Evita (1979), which was based on Perón’s life.  Madonna later played Perón in the 1996 film version, with Antonio Banderas portraying Che Guevara.” —  http://www.biography.com

 

A beautiful marble sculpture adorns the top of a mausoleum near the entrance to Recoleta cemetery, Buenos AIres, Argentina

A beautiful marble sculpture adorns the top of a mausoleum near the entrance to Recoleta cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

A  marble angel sculpture kneels outside the doors of a mausoleum, Recoleta cemetery, Buenos AIres, Argentina

A marble angel sculpture kneels outside the doors of a mausoleum, Recoleta cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

 

A tribute to the Argentinian military, Recoleta cemetery, Buenos AIres, Argentina

A tribute to the Argentinian military, Recoleta cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

 

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