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A Most Unusual Tour by Frank Weaver
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Author:  sidi [ Fri Jul 08, 2011 3:41 pm ]
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Approaching the entrance to Cementerio de la Recoleta; also known as the La Recoleta I could see its neo-classical design, tall Greek columns, high arch way and the white marble walls. Standing outside I had trepidations about what I was going to see after entering through its iron gate. Touring a cemetery always seemed morbid to me. I kept thinking one could not leave Argentina without visiting the grave of Evita (Eva Peron) the second wife of President Juan Peron and First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. It was here, one of the most famous ladies of Argentine history was laid to rest.

Once inside the cemetery I began losing my trepidations. Stopping at each tomb I found myself reading the plaques and stone inscriptions. Each mausoleum was so very different from the previous one, the only thing they seem to have in common was the aristocratic nature of its occupant.

After a while I began to see the history of Argentina unfold before me, and the people that made the country what it is today. There were military leaders, political leaders and religious leaders alongside poets and writers; you could say the who's who of the Argentine elite.

Following a group of visitors down the narrow walk way between the tombs, I began to see the mausoleum of Evita. It was a simple black marble tomb and at the top was the name "Familia Durante" carved into the stone, her family's name. While the mausoleum may not have been very ornate there were many bronze plaques with quotes from Eva Peron's most famous speeches, on the steps and doors were fresh flowers left by today's visitors. It was very gratifying to see this famous lady who did so much for women's rights, had not been forgotten and left to the pages of the history books.

Walking back to the entrance of La Recoleta to continue my tour of Buenos Aires, I could not keep from thinking how silly my trepidations were and how much I learned about the previous leaders of Argentina.

Author:  sidi [ Sat Jul 09, 2011 10:00 am ]
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