The famed Ricoleta Cemetery In The Heart of Beunes Aires, Argentina.
The streets may not be paved in gold; but this is one of the priciest pieces of real estate in the world. It is the famed La Recoleta Cemetery in Buenes Aires, a city within a city in the expensive Recoleta section of the city.
It has its own streets and alleyways and is a "must see" if you ever venture to Argentina. Resting in its elaborate tombs are some of the country's most illustrious citizens, including Eva Peron and many of Argentina's former Presidents.
From above, one can see the skyline of Buenes Aires jextaposed next to the massive cemetery. Strolling through the maze of detailed alleys, a person can’t help be feel slightly insignificant. The graves are quite remarkable, almost unnecessarily so. But money and fame talks, so it’s no surprise that securing a resting place in Recoleta is the ultimate validation that your life was meaningful.
Sadly, down through the years, some of the tombs have been neglected, leaving the caskets exposed. I can’t imagine I’d want tourists snapping photos of my tomb when I die, but this is the price one must pay to rest with Argentina’s elite.
Long, thin alleys through the cemetery of Argentina's rich and famous.
This large tomb has over a dozen family members resting together.
The cemetery is also home to a large number of cats who "watch over" the tombs. Unlike most feral cats, they are quite friendly but a little spooky if you believe in reincarnation and spirits.
How can one not be impressed by such extravagance?
Though it may give one chills at times, its opulence and grandeur are such that it is worth a tour if an individual finds himself at loose ends and decides on a quick visit to Argentina to spice up his week.
And why not! We only live--and die--once!