Published on March 17th, 2010 | by Mark Chesnut
Faces of the Past: Recoleta Cemetery in Buenos Aires
Walking into the historic Recoleta cemetery in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is like staring at the silent faces of the past. I’m spending the week in Argentina’s capital, and yesterday enjoyed yet another visit to this massive resting place for the nation’s wealthy and famous (including Evita Perón, the legendary first lady).
The elaborate marble mausoleums that line the narrow walkways at this 19th-century cemetery are grand; some the size of homes, complete with stairways leading down to the rooms where caskets are left. But what always strikes me most are the countless sculptures, some of which are celestial and some of which are of the dearly departed. Their faces stare at visitors in mysterious silence, challenging us to guess what their lives were like. I’ve assembled a few of my favorite images here.