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Cementerio de Chacarita - City Walk Buenos Aires - Argentina

Removed from the city center and overshadowed by the famous Cementerio de Recoleta, Chacarita's cemetery is often overlooked by tourists, but a quick trip on the "red" subway line (get off at Federico Lacroze) brings visitors to the cemetery's vast and hauntingly beautiful grounds. Created during the yellow fever outbreak in the 1870s to accommodate the growing numbers of dead, a train was built from the southern part of the city-today Parque Patricios--to what was then a rural area. Since, the cemetery has grown, and is now far larger than it's counterpart in Recoleta. It is more true to the economic realities of Buenos Aires; some parts are occupied by huge, ostentatious tombs, while much of the cemetery is divided into simple plots, often marked by little more than a wooden cross and flowers. Tango enthusiasts can pay their respects to the legendary Juan Carlos Gardel.

In August 2008, General Juan Domingo Per贸n, thrice president of Argentina, was moved from Cemeterio Chacarita to the new mausoleum in his hometown San Vicente, 64 kilometers (39 mi) south of Buenos Aires. Starting beneath an image of Eva crying on Per贸n's shoulder, a waterway leads visitors to his new resting place on his former estate. Also on the grounds is Museo 17 de Octubre, dedicated to the Per贸ns (Lavalle and G眉emes. Tel: 2225-48-2509).Evita remains in Recoleta Cemetery, as the Duarte family opposed her being moved. To get to San Vicente, take city bus 79 from Estaci贸n Constituci贸n (Pav贸n and San Jos茅).


Avenida Guzman (across from Ferderico Lacroze station)

Villa Crespo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

City Walk

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Admission: Free

Relative price: Free

Open Hours from:during daylight hours

Travel Skills: None

10 Jun 2011

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