One of our days in Buenos Aires, we found ourselves exploring an elaborate stone city in search of a crypt – that of la familia Duarte. Why, you ask? Duarte was the family name of one Eva Perón. But that wasn't the only reason to see this magnificent landmark. I enjoy touring cemeteries to see the elaborate headstones and mausoleums. The Cementerio de la Recolta even rivaled the fabulous Laurel Hill here in Philadelphia. Located in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires 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. It was not a disappointment. And the challenge was going through the maze of "streets" trying to find the Duarte mausoleum. I knew the place would be pretty, but had no idea is was to be so elaborate.
Mausoleum or museum? Perhaps both. When you stumble on a tomb, you linger a while and study its unusual design or its carefully sculpted lines. The Recoleta neighborhood of BA is an affluent one, and its cemetery is no exception. Some of the capital’s most prestigious schools are situated in this part of the city, as are shops of prominent French and Italian couturiers. No wonder the tombs are also ornately fashioned.
After some time touring, near an alley in the rear of the cemetery, we find a narrow door adorned with flowers. Despite being one of the cemetery’s most popular landmarks and arguably the most fun to find, Eva’s resting place was actually humble in comparison to many of the temples, and statues that surround it. But there was also a few temples that had broken windows, and were in rough shape. Some you could even see the caskets just resting in their slots. I have never seen that before.
The other thing I noticed the more we toured, was the amount of cats there were all over the place. And I mean a lot! I couldn't help wonder, are they the spirits come back, or are they the guardians of the dead? We pet a few, but most, you couldn't get near as they would go hide.
Later that night we had a delicious dinner at the Don Julio.
I know someone commented about the beef there in the pass comments. I think Gorilla did, so I thought I'd post my big piece of meat!