One of the most iconic places in the neighborhood of Recoleta
Horarios de atención: Every day from 7 am to 5.45 pm
Behind the Basilica of Our Lady of Pilar, very close to Francia Square, is one of the most iconic places in the neighborhood of Recoleta. Founded in 1822, this cemetery is characterized not only by its age but also by its beauty. It was the favorite place of wealthy and noble families to bury their loved ones and, with the parcels sold for life at that time, to their clients, it was clear that those who got a place in that cemetery had to work hard to build vaults that stand out really the amount of money, power and renown that each family had. For that reason, the Recoleta is not only a final resting place for great personalities of the history and society of Argentina, such as Victoria Ocampo, Luis Firpo, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento or Leandro N Alem, but also to walk through the alleys of this cemetery involves encountering a piece of art next to another. The cemetery is open every day from 7 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. and admission is free.
Not to be missed: The most expensive cemetery mausoleum is that of the Leloir family. There rests the Nobel Prize winner in chemistry of 1970, Federico Leloir. Its dome, on the inside, has a portrait of Christ made with small tiles; most of them bathed in gold.
Hint: If you have the possibility of taking a guided tour, do it! Many of the characters buried there today contain stories and legends more than interesting to know.
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