Having visited the Casa Rosada and seeing the omnipresent Evita, we decided to visit the Evita Museum in Palermo. This involved a lengthy ride on the subway followed by a walk through the upscale neighbourhood in BA. We took a small diversion through the botanical gardens and this allowed for a pleasant time in a very green area in this huge city.
|A path in the botanical gardens|
|Many statues are sprinkled throughout the gardens|
|As it is the equivalent of the end of August...there were few flowers in the gardens|
After our walk through the gardens, we made our way to the Evita Museum. This is a devoted to Eva Peron and includes footage of her famous speeches and highlights some of her notable accomplishments.
|One of Evita's official portraits|
At the museum we learned about Evita's tomb, and so on the following day we made our way to the Recoleta Cemetery. This was remarkable as it is a huge cemetery filled with more than 4,500 individual tombs. These are arranged in rows like streets and avenues and date back to the 1800's. There are many spectacular tombs with beautiful statuary and marble decorations. There are others which have fallen into ruins, albeit that they still contain coffins. We were astonished by this experience. The tombs continue deep into the ground. We could see the steps leading into the depths when we looked through the doors and windows of the tombs. We found Evita's tomb and stole a small second to take a bad picture before the throngs blocked our view.
|The Recoleta cemetery|
|The cemetery is full of "streets" of tombs|
|The statuary and decorations are incredible|
|There are more than 4800 tombs|
|Some of the tombs are mausoleums all on their own|