Tales from the Crypt
• Tales from the Crypt
You know what I liked most about Buenos Aires? Never guess! Cemetery. Beautiful place with its own unique history. But very gloomy. Broken coffins, cobwebbed vaults, rusty door, sculpture, clearly come alive after midnight. Recoleta - ready for decoration of a Hollywood thriller. Seriously, it can be removed without resorting to special effects.
Although the light of day there prevails life - through the cemetery lead tours, single tourists read into nameplates. Make selfie. And around the cemetery houses, shopping centers, hotels. All living things, bright. But then - darkness reigns ...
At the beginning of the XVIII century on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, then settled ascetic Franciscan. They founded the monastery, in 1732 built the church of El Pilar and the Recoleta Cemetery with her. Village called Recoleta (from the Spanish Recoleta - ascetic).
In 1822, a religious order was dissolved and 17 November of the same year the monastery lands were turned into the first public cemetery in Buenos Aires. The founders of the cemetery are considered then Governor Martin Rodriguez and his minister of government Bernardino Rivadavia.
In 1870 year due to the epidemic of yellow fever, many wealthy residents of Buenos Aires moved from the San Telmo and Montserrat in the northern part of the city, Recoleta. Since the Recoleta district has become a prestigious, its cemetery also became the last refuge for many residents of the Upper Light
A walk through the cemetery take half a day. And maybe the day. Almost 6 acres of crypts, and all - works of art. Without exaggeration, many marble statues to the envy of many museums and private collections.
Most of the vaults - in family ownership. They were buried for several generations, and the coffins in them are just stacked. A strange sight, unusual for us.
Recoleta - it is almost a residential area. Only for non-living ... We were lucky with the weather - dripping drizzle, giving the right mood. Heavy cloud scratching the top vaults ...
At the cemetery, many cats, I read that they are bred specifically, and they even have a cat caretaker.
In the rusty bars are seen shabby graves. Most of the tombs are neglected, forgotten many years ago ...
A portion of the crypts look just like a mini-mausoleum of a dictator. Just imagine the cost of a place in the cemetery of Recoleta? This is probably the most prestigious "sleeping" area in Argentina)
The decor are very different - from marbles to forged elements and mosaic glass.
Most crypts two-storey, with a basement. That is to say an increase in living space.
These are the busts of reminded me of scenes from some horror movie. I can not remember what ... But it's really cool to shoot nature horor!
All in the web, which looks surprisingly naturally at this point.
And then. I saw a photo where they are open, and one can see the remains of the tomb occupants. But we have not found them in the cemetery. Could have put the order, we hid.
This photo straight from the "street". Such airing ...
Recoleta - the last refuge of the prominent figures of Argentina. Ranging from presidents and generals, ending singers and scientists. For example, this tomb of General Juan Lavalle was named after a famous pedestrian street in the city center. We like the way lived on it.
Do not remind tombstones Gypsy Baron in our homeland? Or criminal authorities ...
Here lie the famous Eva Peron, and Francisco Moreno - for me a person more weighty than Eva. Francisco - Argentine researcher, founder of the Boy Scout movement. though it has long been deported from Recoleta on the shore of the lake.
This is the crypt of prominent warriors. He shall be eternal custody two sentries. Not difficult to imagine how these sculptures come to life at night ...
Place like should be filled with sadness and sorrow, but it is not felt. Maybe because most of the residents are of Recoleta for a long time, and from them there were only a page on Wikipedia and street names in Buenos Aires.
And this columbarium for those who do not have their own family crypt, but also wants the bones lie on Recoleta.
The most prestigious cemetery of Argentina. The darkest and mystical place in Buenos Aires. And one of the most beautiful ...