Evita Perón’s Final Resting Place, Buenos Aires

Eva Perón (1919-1952) is buried in Cementerio de la Recoleta along with many other famous Argentines.  However, her body was not always laid to rest there.  After she died on 26 Jul 1952, her embalmed body was displayed in her former office in the CGT Building (Building of the General Confederation of Labor), awaiting the construction of a permanent memorial.  Unfortunately, her husband, President Juan Perón, was driven out of office in a military coup in 1955, and the new authorities removed Evita’s body to an unknown location.  Sixteen years later, in 1971, the military revealed that Evita’s body had been buried in a crypt in Milan, Italy under the name María Maggi.  In 1971, the body was exhumed and flown to the Perón home in Spain.  Evita’s body was kept in Spain until after Juan Perón’s death and was then returned to Argentina so that the bodies of Juan and Eva Perón could be displayed together.  Eventually, Evita’s body was interred in the Duarte Family Tomb in Recoleta Cemetery.  To ensure that Evita’s body would be secure, it was buried two levels underground.  Shown below are two views of the tomb and details of three of the plaques that adorn the tomb.

Duarte Family Tomb - 1

Duarte Family Tomb – 1

SOURCE:  Duarte Family Tomb – 1 (Buenos Aires, Argentina), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 31 Dec 2010.

Duarte Family Tomb - 2

Duarte Family Tomb – 2

SOURCE:  Duarte Family Tomb – 2 (Buenos Aires, Argentina), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 31 Dec 2010.

"Do Not Cry..."

“Do Not Cry…”

SOURCE:  ”Do Not Cry…” (Buenos Aires, Argentina), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 31 Dec 2010.

"Forever in the Heart..."

“Forever in the Heart…”

SOURCE:  ”Forever in the Heart…” (Buenos Aires, Argentina), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 31 Dec 2010.

"Path of Social Justice..."

“Path of Social Justice…”

SOURCE:  ”Path of Social Justice…” (Buenos Aires, Argentina), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 31 Dec 2010.

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One Response to Evita Perón’s Final Resting Place, Buenos Aires

  1. Brenda says:

    Wonderful photographs, Steve. I’m so enjoying your travelogue.

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