Monday, 30 April 2012

La Recoleta Cemetery


Buenos Aires, Argentina
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This post is linked to Taphophile Tragics

28 comments:

Dina said...

So big. It's like a little city of the dead.

JM said...

Dina, this cemetery is AMAZING! It contains 4691 vaults, all above ground, of which 94 have been declared National Historical Monuments by the Argentine government and are protected by the state. Unfortunatelly I was definitely not inspired in photographic terms when I visited the place as, apart from Eva Peron's tomb I have previously posted, this is the only shot I took and it surely doesn't make justice to the site.

aotearoa said...

Impressing cemetery, you should post some more pictures!

Kathy said...

I remember seeing this cemetery on a TV program once. It's simply amazing. I've experienced the same remorse in remembering places I've seen before I became a photographer.

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Beautiful architecture !

Lowell said...

I do believe I've seen photos of this place before. It's just incredible to see all these huge, expensive monuments to dead people who in their present state couldn't care less! :-)

I really like the way you composed this, leading the eye through the gate and down the aisle!

bailey-road.com said...

What an awesome sight - so much of Argentine history must rest there.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

My son used to live just a couple of blocks from the Recoleta Cemetery, and we visit it each time we go to Buenos Aires to visit him. We have taken lots of photos of the monuments in the cemetery. It is like a city of masoleums, but is also a sculpture garden.

Sylvia K said...

What an awesome and amazing cemetery! And so many above ground vaults!! Lots of history, too! I would love to visit there! Wonderful capture, JM! Hope you have a great week!

Sylvia

Sy said...

beautiful shot JM

hamilton said...

This does look like a city - and a very crowded one at that. I can understand it being difficult to photograph properly.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

and I though French cemeteries were large!! Diane

This is Belgium said...

I saw another post on cemeteries today and commented on how interesting photo ops one can find there. I believe it was a post on the cemetery in Prague.
I am becoming more and more interested in going to try it out myself!
anni

Filip Demuinck said...

Nice cemetery picture again. I saw your picture of the old cemetery Prague, and today I have published a post about it. Your article made me go there.

Greetings,
Filip

orvokki said...

How much historia there have to be. Gorgeous foto. I love it a lot.
Greetings
orvokki.

Sondra said...

many layers of structure, it looks very grand this cemetery!

Oakland Daily Photo said...

It's interesting to me that this cemetery also names the residential area. And Recoleta is THE preferred neighborhood in Buenos Aires. Cool shot, Jose.

Ann said...

This looks like such an amazing cemetery. I really want to get there one day (as a visitor of course).

Cezar and Léia said...

I guess that few cemeteries make it to become a tourist attraction... This one is remarkable!
God bless you!
Cezar

The Paw Relations said...

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DeeBee L. said...

Aren't cemeteries fascinating...it is as if the dead wanted still to show their social status...this being said you come across fantastic architecture as proven in your post!

Halcyon said...

This reminds me of the cemeteries in New Orleans. I love seeing how cemeteries are different in different places. You wouldn't typically find one like this in N. America. Love how it does seem to be like a little city.

Linda said...

Amazing architecture! Great shot!

Stickup Artist said...

Wow! That's an amazing cemetery! When I see stuff like this I wonder what happened to all those artist who made this stuff? It's a shame if these arts are lost. I can see why it is a national treasure. It is an outdoor museum as well as a place to honor loved ones who are no longer with us here on earth...

fiziskandarz said...

awesome! gave me an eerie feeling and goosebump! :D

NixBlog said...

Wow! Great shot of this amazing cemetery. I too have seen a documentary about it.

Julie said...

Recoleta Cemetery is new to me, but I would find it hard to meander through. Are there any trees or bushes or a blade of grass or three?

I agree that the mausoleums are impressive, but to see them all in a row like this, cheek by jowl, sort of lessens the impact of the death of the individual human being.

It does not surprise me, Jose, that you only took 2 photographs that day.

CaT said...

wow, such elaborate tombstones + statues... pretty!