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Recoleta Cemetery : The City of the Dead in Buenos Aires

La Recoleta Cemetery (Spanish:Cementerio de la Recoleta) is a cemeterylocated in the Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires is one of the more popular tourists spots in the city. Open year round -- and free -- the cemetery plays hosts to Argentina's notables, and plenty of cats.
Jerry Nelson (c) 2014

It contains the graves of notable people, including Eva Perón, presidents of Argentina, Nobel Prize winners, the founder of the Argentine Navy and a granddaughter of Napoleon.

In 2011, the BBC hailed it as one of the world's best cemeteries, and in 2013, CNN listed it among the 10 most beautiful cemeteries in the world.

Jerry Nelson is a documentary photographer based in Argentina. His works have been carried by many global news outlets and travel publications. Contact Jerry through his blog,

The monks of the Order of the Recoletos arrived in this area, then the outskirts of Buenos Aires, in the early eighteenth century. The cemetery is built around their convent and a church, Our Lady of Pilar (Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Pilar), built in 1732.

The order was disbanded in 1822, and the garden of the convent was converted into the first public cemetery in Buenos Aires. Inaugurated on 17 November of the same year under the name of Cementerio del Norte (Northern Cemetery), those responsible for its creation were the then-Governor Martin Rodríguez, who would be eventually buried in the cemetery, and government minister Bernardino Rivadavia.

The 1822 layout was done by French civil engineer Próspero Catelin, who also designed the current facade of the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral. The cemetery was last remodeled in 1881, while Torcuato de Alvear was mayor of the city, by the Italian architect Juan Antonio Buschiazzo.[9]

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