Cementerio de la Recoleta | Recoleta Cemetery

10th February 2015
In: Travel
The Recoleta Cemetery is only a few blocks from our rented apartment, which made it really convenient for us to go and photograph this intriguing place. Located in the middle of the Recoleta neighbourhood, this cemetery is listed as one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. We made several trips to the cemetery and each visit seemed to uncover a different layer of this amazing city of the dead. A fascinating combination of well maintained and elaborate marbled vaults and statues, as well as others that have fallen in state of disrepair and neglect.

The cemetery hold the remains of the rich and famous including past presidents, military heroes, influential politicians and, of course, probably the most visited - the mausoleum of Evita Peron. Each time we were there, someone approached us to ask for direction to Evita's tomb.

What's eerie about the cemetery is that in many cases, you can see the caskets through the glass doors or open doors of the mausoleums. It is a bit unsettling at first, but you get used to it eventually and you actually start admiring the elaborate work done on the wood and intricate hardware of the caskets. This is a city within the city and it is laid out in sections like city blocks, with wide tree-lined main walkways branching into little side streets.

I created a series of photographs while walking around the little streets of Recoleta cemetery. It may seem a little macabre at first, but I hope you find the images interesting, including one of the many feral cats that roam around the concrete corridors.

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