City of the Dead – Cementario de la Recoleta, Buenos Aires

Cementario de la Recoleta in Buenos Aires is as close as I’ve ever seen a cemetery meet the description of “City of the Dead”.  The cemetery includes wide, paved streets and narrow alleyways bordered by mausoleums that often look like miniature houses.  Here and there are green spaces punctuated by monuments and statues.  The first image below looks down one of the wide avenues.  Occasionally, one of the tombs includes interesting and sometimes frightening artwork, such as the skull seen on the tomb of the Family of Doctor Alexo Castex.  Unfortunately, I was not able to learn much about Doctor Castex, which frustrates me as a genealogist!  Finally, the tomb of Martin Rodriguez (1771-1845) shows a sculpture of this Argentine politician and soldier who participated in the resistance to the British Invasion of the Río de la Plata during the Napoleonic Wars and the subsequent May Revolution.  Rodriguez later became governor of Buenos Aires.

City of the Dead

City of the Dead

SOURCE:  City of the Dead (Buenos Aires, Argentina), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 31 Dec 2010.

Skull on the Tomb of Doctor Alexo Castex

Skull on the Tomb of Doctor Alexo Castex

SOURCE:  Skull on the Tomb of Doctor Alexo Castex (Buenos Aires, Argentina), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 31 Dec 2010.

Plaque on the Tomb of Doctor Alexo Castex

Plaque on the Tomb of Doctor Alexo Castex

SOURCE:  Plaque on the Tomb of Doctor Alexo Castex (Buenos Aires, Argentina), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 31 Dec 2010.

Tomb of Martin Rodriguez (1771-1845)

Tomb of Martin Rodriguez (1771-1845)

SOURCE:  Tomb of Martin Rodriguez (1771-1845) (Buenos Aires, Argentina), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 31 Dec 2010.

Copyright © 2011 by Stephen J. Danko

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One Response to City of the Dead – Cementario de la Recoleta, Buenos Aires

  1. Lutgarde Fack says:

    Dear Mister,

    I want to bay the book of the cementario de la recoleta with pictures of the graves and the history of the people who are barried there. I cant not find it in Belgium.
    Please can you help me.

    Friendly regards,

    Lutgarde Fack
    Stationstraat 73
    B 9185 Wachtebeke
    Belgium

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