It is the oldest and most aristocratic cemetery in the city. In its almost six hectares are buried heroes of Independence, presidents, soldiers, scientists, artists and celebrities. Among the many sculptures are works by Lola Mora and among the tombs are the remains of Eva Perón, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Leandro Alem, Hipólito Yrigoyen, Elpidio Gonzalez, Juan M. De Rosas, Facundo Quiroga, Bartolomé Mitre and Arturo Ilia, among others.
Many of the vaults and mausoleums were the work of important architects and are adorned with sculptures. More than 70 vaults have been declared a National Historic Landmark das.
A little history
The land on which the cemetery is located was donated by Don Juan de Garay to Rodrigo Ortiz de Zarate, one of the first Spanish settlers. This happened in 1583, getting to know these places as "The Ombúes" by the presence of trees of that species.
Several owners had the place, finally reaching the marriage of Don Fernando de Valdes and Inclan and Mrs. Guerrera and Hurtado, who donated some of them to build a convent.
Don Juan Narvon also built a church that came under the patronage of Our Lady of Pilar, because he was born in Zaragoza, whose patron saint the Virgen del Pilar. Convent and Church was run by monks Recoletos. The land adjoining garden served.
According to the custom of the time the burial place was in the temples. Was buried in the altars, presbyteries, ships, crypts and courts.
Given the population increase was necessary to enable a cemetery and that is how during the governorship of General Brigardier Martin Rodriguez, Minister of the Government being Bernardino Rivadavia, following the expulsion of the Recollect the reform of the ecclesiastical order, your garden became the first public cemetery, which opened on November 17, 1822. The next day the first burials were the toddler freed Juan Benito and Maria Dolores Maciel.
The plans of the cemetery were made by the engineer Prosper Catelin, being the burial term, renewable for life and others, reserving some for the government personalities of the national life.
In 1881 President Don Torcuato de Alvear Municipality tasks faced remodelac ion of the cemetery that were executed by the engineer and architect Juan Antonio Buschiazzo.
You can visit every day from 08.00 to 18.00.
Free guided tours on the last Sunday of the month at 14.30.
Groups: 5, 10, 17, 37, 38, 39, 41, 59, 60, 61, 62, 67, 75, 92, 93, 95, 101, 102, 106, 108, 110, 124, 130, 152.
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