Recoleta Cemetery in Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Recoleta is an affluent neighborhood comprising nearly 3.75 square miles. Among tourists, the barrio is best known for its cemetery. Really? Yes, really! Since 1822, a simple graveyard evolved into a spectacular necropolis containing over 6,000 above-ground vaults across 14 acres. Most are elaborate family mausoleums crafted in rich architectural styles and decorated with marble sculptures. Buried here are many prominent citizens including 18 former Argentine presidents. Maps are available to identify the famous tombs. Among them are fascinating stories, such as the one of Rufina Cambacérès. According to legend, the 19-year-old girl portrayed in this full-size sculpture was presumed dead but actually buried alive.

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Junín 1760, C1113, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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