Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Cementerio de la Recoleta

We finally made it to the Recoleta Cemetery, one of the biggest tourist attractions in our neighborhood. Its really unbelievable - its set up in sections with city blocks separated by tree-lined walkways. All of the graves are mausoleums (like in New Orleans) and they are ridiculously elaborate. They are basically mini marble houses for coffins in an array of architectural styles. Some even had stairs on the inside that lead to a basement level. You can't go inside them unless you have the key (not that you would want to) but you can see into them through windows. One of the craziest things was the number of stray cats in the cemetery - we saw at least 2 dozen. It is definitely a creepily magical, mysterious place. Next time we go we will find Miss Eva Peron's grave - the cemetery is too big to cover all in one day and apparently her grave is more humble than you would expect. 

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