El Federal bar (Bar El Federal) | San Telmo | CABA | Argentina
After 4 months on the road we reached our final destination in South America - Buenos Aires. Buenos Aires is called the Paris of South America and it didn’t disappoint. The city is full of ornate Beaux architecture (a French style), wide tree-lined boulevards, and cafes. The metro and bus systems were easy and cheap! Natalie’s parents meet us there for a week to explore the capital’s plethora of museums and different neighborhoods.
Recoleta Cemetery — The City of the Dead
A Doric-columned portico marks the entrance to the city of the dead, Recoleta Cemetery in Here is where the great and powerful of ’s history rest in peace. Former presidents, military generals, artists, scientists and, most famously, Eva Perón (picture 7), are buried here in fabulous mausoleums of stone and bronze.
There are more than 6,400 tombs densely packed against one another along narrow alleyways and somber avenues. A cemetery with mausoleums like these are rare - row upon row of narrow miniature stone buildings, some four or five stories tall. Each unique and topped with gilded ornaments and detailed carvings.They stand as symbols of Buenos Aires’ golden age (1880-1930), when the city was one of the richest in the world. The finest architects from Paris were commissioned to build their mausoleums in the image of the great palaces that mirrored the opulence of the surrounding neighborhood - a city within a city. With its elaborate architecture representing styles from Art Deco, Baroque and Gothic, the cemetery is an extremely popular tourist attraction with more than half a million visitors a year.