Monday, June 13, 2011

El cementerio de la Recoleta

I had the day off Friday, so instead of working from home (like I sometimes do to keep up with my work plan), I decided to go exploring. The decision to go to the cemetery was an easy one - it's really the only touristy thing I'd heard of besides another European-looking chapel - and God knows I've been to my share of those (pun intended). Before going, my roommate said, "The cemetery? It's not really that pretty," which didn't really discourage me at all. I can see why walking among the dead's remains would be unappealing for some, but I also now understand how it is indeed appealing to others.

Cemeteries such as this are not generally sad places. Rather, they strike a sense of reverent awe for the love and emotion (and probably some amount of pride for the family's wealth) that went into making sure loved ones had a proper and unique resting place.

After walking around just a few minutes you find that each bóveda, or gravesite, has its charm.

Some you can see into, and some are private.

Some are modern with their black marble facades, while others are classic white marble fashioned in the Baroque style.


                                        Some have a style all their own.

After my visit I went to Freddo, the best heladería, or ice-cream shop in town. I found a seat overlooking the great walled cemetery and contemplated on it a while.


Evita's gravesite starts out "Don't cry for me..." and that's just it - I didn't want to cry for her. Therein lies the beauty of a cemetery. It not only offers solace for mourners, but also a tangible, emotion-provoking experience for strangers of the loved ones. In this way, cemeteries really do carry the memory and a sense of the immortal for those who no longer walk among us. Their story is still told years later, though it's hidden beneath a little bit of mystery and a lot of chiseled stone.


Tracy said...

I have always enjoyed cemeteries too. Mostly for their historical imagine what the lives were like of those who have gone before us. I have great pics of some I visited in Boston where our forefathers rest.

Pam said...

I personally love that cemetary and find it fairly unusual and unlike others I've seen in Europe. The tombs are all so unique in style.

Also glad you hit Freddos and enjoyed ice cream.

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