Cementerio de la Recoleta

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We enjoyed a walking tour of the cemetery – an hour of stories about the mausoleums and their occupiers

The Recoleta Cemetery is where every wealthy citizen wanted to be buried. The dead are not equal.

Many of the residents have fascinating stories, but none more so than the tragic death of Rufina Cambaceres in 1902. She was beautiful, aged 19 and dressing up to go to the Teatro Colon. Her parents were waiting downstairs. After two hours they discovered her, apparently dead in her bedroom. She was given a hurried burial, only to discover some days later that her coffin had moved within the mausoleum due to her frantic efforts to get out. She had suffered a cataleptic attack and been buried alive.

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Of course, Eva Peron is the most famous resident. As the young, glamorous wife of the President she became massively popular with the poor people but was hated by the rich. When she died at the tragically young age of 33, there was much dissent as to what to do with her body. It is a long and sorry tale of embalming, hiding, moving, burying and exhuming. She is at rest in La Recoleta now, but we heard she will be moved (again) in two years time, to finally be buried alongside her husband.

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