With family members in town a visit to Recoleta Cemetery was required, but I had numerous postings from there – a focused subject was required. Spiderwebs!
While Buenos Aires is home to the famed Recoleta Cemetery, it is by no means the only impressive cemetery in town.
We went on a tour of La Chacarita Cemetery with Pablo, an interesting person with a vast amount of knowledge of the history of the city.
While it has some similarities to Recoleta, it is much larger.
There are many massive tombs that were used for societies, as this one dedicated to, and for the use of people of the Spanish immigrants society.
Chacarita has more famous Argentinians than Recoleta, including Jorge Newberry. Jorge lead a very interesting, if short, life as an early aviator.
One of the two airports for Buenos Aires is named after Jorge. He died in an early attempt to fly over the Andes Mountains. The plaques on the wall are dedications to him from other groups.
While most of the crypts are well kept, some are in need of repair.
Carlos Gadel was a singer, songwriter and actor. It is said he gave Sinatra pointers on how to become a more polished performer.
People often leave lit cigarettes in his right hand for good luck.
More scenes of Chacarita…
But there is more to Chacarita than the large crypts, much much more. Built in the brutalist style there is a massive underground area.
It is an unreal sight with over 1/4 million people entombed below.
Beyond this area is an area dedicated to famous Argentina performers. These are not just statues, the performers are actually buried here.
Beyond that area is a massive ‘common grounds’
The crematorium is in the center of the cemetery. The place is so large taxi’s troll through looking for fares.
One urban legend says to never take a taxi in the cemetery – if you look in the mirror the driver will not have a reflection.
Additional monuments are scattered throughout.
Another stunning sight is the perimeter wall – it is lined with more crypts. In all there are well over a million people in the cemetery.
For the most part the cemetery is in nice shape, however there are portions that need some repair, as shown below.
We spent over 2 hours wandering about La Chacarita Cemetery. It was an amazing, and visually stunning experience.
When in Buenos Aires look up Pablo, under Walks with Pablo. He is an excellent guide.
Our Saturday continued with a tour of Greenlawn Cemetery. While nowhere close to as impressive as Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires, or even Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Greenlawn is the final resting place for numerous famous Ohioans including 5 governors, as well as a number of military sections for the various wars since the mid 1800s, among the 150,000+ people buried here.
Columbus’s favorite son – famed aviator and more – Eddie Rickenbacker.
Those who regularly follow this blog know that the website Roadside America is one of my favorite sources for the strange and unusual. A few years ago we visited most of the Roadside America attractions for Columbus and detailed them in this post
Today we finished off the last few, starting with a giant boot outside the LL Bean store.
A pet cemetery from the 1930s – 1960s – you can Googles it (I know really bad pun). Supposedly there are a few military dogs there, but it is large and we were unable to locate them.
A very colorful Buddhist temple in an otherwise nondescript housing neighborhood.
Large cowboy #1
And his twin just down the street – large cowboy #2.
And for the grand finale – the Gates of Hell – otherwise known as a large drainage pipe under High Street, complete with urban legends of hauntings.
While we haven’t seen all of America, we have now seen all of Columbus!
One of the cultures of Buenos Aires is one that celebrates in a grand way those who have died. The best example of this is the world renown Recoleta Cemetery.
If you search for ‘worlds most impressive cemeteries’ Recoleta Cemetery will always be included in any list. It is huge, historical, ornate, impressive and at times macabre. There are so many stunning scenes that it will be broken up into 3 postings, to keep the size reasonable.
Recoleta Cemetery – final resting place for the rich and famous of Argentina.
The tour continues, including a visit from (I think) a young actress doing a photo shoot!
Our visit to Recoleta Cemetery concludes, but not without a stop to pay our respects to Evita!
Why so many photos? With almost 4,700 ornate vaults, the photo ops were better than nearly anyplace I have ever been.