Recoleta Area

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The Memorial Plaza on the site of the old Israeli Embassy.

Lots of pavement-pounding today!  Caught the subte to Plaza San Martin and walked across to the memorial on the site of the old Israeli Embassy, bombed in 1992 killing almost 30 people. A tree was planted for each of those who died, and they are getting quite tall nowl.  Walking along Arroya, almost every shop is an upmarket art gallery or antique shop, some very nice window displays!  Crossed Av. 9 de Julio and went over to the Recoleta Cemetery.  Had a quick look at the Terraces first - a shopping and restaurant sector at the bottom of one wall of the cemetery.  This area is very wealthy, and a burger at the Hard Rock Cafe would bankrupt your average backpacker!  We then bought a map of the cemetery off the ´friends´stall, and headed in to the mini-city for a look.

Skyline in Recoleta Cemetery.
  Some of the tombs are incredibly ornate, although the most famous is quite simple.  Evita Peron is interred in her family tomb, a very basic black marble crypt decorated only with the flowers that people have left.  Most of those named on the map are famous only in Argentina or South America, but some of the stories are fascinating.  Juan Facundo Quiroga, for example, is buried standing up.  He was a soldier assassinated during the 1830´s civil war and it has been said that he is standing up so that he can get to his sabre quickly, if needs be!

After a quick lunch, we headed back to the Museum of Hispanic-American Art in the Palacio Noel (how apt!).  This museum is not big, but has some very impressive colonial paintings and silverwork, mostly religious and excellently presented.  The old kitchen has been restored and has incredible tilework on the walls and floors.  ´The museum was free, not sure if that was because it was Wednesday, or just because it was free but we´ve found many of the museums here have not charged us to get in.

Walked home all the way along Av. 9 de Julio.  The Teatro Colon, unfortunately, is another building closed for renovations so only got to see the outside of this apparently impressive building.

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The Memorial Plaza on the site of …
The Memorial Plaza on the site of…
Skyline in Recoleta Cemetery.
Skyline in Recoleta Cemetery.
The tomb of the step-daughter of o…
The tomb of the step-daughter of …
Evita Peron´s tomb.
Evita Peron´s tomb.
The streets of Recoleta, the cemet…
The streets of Recoleta, the ceme…
A local police car, no wonder they…
A local police car, no wonder the…
Palacio Noel, home to the Museum o…
Palacio Noel, home to the Museum …