June 26, 2010–Buenos Aires, Argentina
La Recoleta, situated in one of the best neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, is the final resting place of many Argentinians of great import. The wide lanes of the cemetery are lined with grand mausoleums, looking much like a miniaturized city. If people rode around the cemetery in miniature cars, this effect would be increased.
While a great number of graves are in pristine conditions, graves that have been left unmanaged are most apparent–broken glass, falling walls, caskets fallen from their shelves.
Among ex-presidents, scientists, and the generally rich lies the “Spiritual Leader of Argentina,” philanthropist Eva “Evita” Peron. There was a line to see her grave.
Walking through the cemetery, filled with huge statues and art from a variety of styles–all of the highest quality, is like walking through a museum. Absolutely marvelous.
Many of the largest mausoleums are modeled on churches. With caskets placed before crosses and stained glass, it’s almost as if the funeral never ended.