Recoleta Cemetery is both an outstanding cemetery and a highly valuable architectonic piece located at Recoleta, Buenos Aires.
Its history is linked to the Recoletos Franciscan Order, after whom the neighborhood where they built their Monastery and the Our Lady of Pilar Church in the 18th century was named. In fact, Recoleta Cemetery was born together with the Church.
During Rivadavia administration, it was expropriated and turned into the Cementerio del Norte (North Cemetery) –becoming the first public cemetery in Buenos Aires. Then, during Torcuato de Alvear administration, the cemetery was remodeled and the current entrance gate was built.
The Cemetery is a true outdoors art gallery, a unique exhibition of different architectonic styles and sculptures. In 1946, Recoleta Cemetery was declared National Historic Museum, since, among its little streets, we can find the graves of national heroes, Argentine presidents, brave soldiers, great scientists, and renowned artists and celebrities, such as Eva Perón, Adolfo Bioy Casares, Facundo Quiroga, Domingo F. Sarmiento, Juan M. de Rosas, Remedios Escalada de San Martín, Mariquita Sánchez de Thompson, among others.