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Behind elegant neo-classical gates in a quiet corner of northern Buenos Aires lies a city in miniature. Avenues of cypress weave past stately yew-lined mausoleums bearing ornate facades of granite and gleaming white marble. Silence hangs like mist in this quiet neighborhood where the dead slumber peacefully and the living tread softly. Created in 1822 to provide an elegant burial site for the wealthy, the powerful and the famous, Cementerio Recoleta is one of Argentina’s architectural gems. Even the name of the neighborhood—Recoleta—comes from an old Spanish word meaning “to remember.” This country club for the dead is crammed with exquisitely designed headstones and graceful monuments. Of the cemetery’s most famous residents, one in particular receives most of the attention: Eva “Evita” Peron. President Juan Perón never intended his wife should to be laid to rest in Recoleta, but it’s hard to imagine a more stylish place to be buried; certainly it is one of the most wonderfully atmospheric and ornate corners of South America.

 

Beyond the cemetery gates, Recoleta forms part of the Barrio Norte, one of the city’s most affluent and most-visited suburbs, which is worth a look for its well-appointed European-style homes and beautiful churches. The most famous is the Basílica Nuestra Señora del Pilar, the second oldest in the city and topped with distinctive cerulean-blue ceramic tiles. The highlight inside is the lavish silver altar, a masterpiece of Baroque art decorated with an Inca sun. The church is just north of the cemetery entrance, and only 500 meters further is the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. The most important art gallery in Argentina, this grand edifice houses a significant collection of Argentine art.



Other neighborhoods in Buenos Aires: Centro, Barracas, Almagro, Villa Paranacito, Villa Crespo, Tigre, Congreso, Near Buenos Aires, Retiro and Belgrano.







07 Dec 2009

Things to do in Recoleta

The Recoleta Cemetary and Plaza Francia

116902Behind elegant neo-classical gates in a quiet corner of northern Buenos Aires lies a city in miniature. Avenues of cypress weave past stately yew lined mausoleums bearing ornate facades of granite ...
City Park
Recoleta, Recoleta/Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Xul Solar

This modern, award-winning museum houses the work of Oscar Agustin Alejandro Schulz Solari (1887-1963), more commonly known as Xul Solar. Without a doubt the most singular and eccentric Argentine ...
Museum
Recoleta, Recoleta/Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Plaza Francia

Considered by many to be the heart of the classy Recoleta neighborhood, Plaza Francia's green sloping banks and massive old trees provide respite for tired legs. Surrounded by a wealth of tourist ...
City Plaza
Recoleta, Recoleta/Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Feria Artesanal Plaza Intendente Alvear

This artisan fair started in the 1960s, evolving out of the hippie counterculture. Groups of artists and musicians who belonged to this movement used to gather in the Plaza, and eventually began ...
Market
Recoleta, Recoleta/Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Floralis Genérica

The name is Latin for "Generic Flower," but this 23-meter high, 18-ton metallic sculpture that sprouts from a pond in Recoleta's United Nations Park is anything but generic. Less iconic ...
Monument
Recoleta, Recoleta/Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

El Pilar

Anyone who's spent quality time in the great European capitals knows beautiful churches. And to be perfectly honest, on the inside, Basílica Nuestra Señora del Pilar is more of the same—vaulted ...
Historical Building
Recoleta, Recoleta/Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Plaza Mitre And Monumento De Mitre

142673If walking from Palermo to Recoleta, be sure to go along Avenida del Libertador so you can stop at the magnificent Plaza Mitre. Although on a noisy main road, the plaza manages to maintain a sense of ...
City Plaza
Recoleta, Recoleta/Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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