Promoted to the rank of general during the independence wars, Miguel Estanislao Soler switched hats between military officer & politician several times during the nation’s early years. Soler passed away in 1849, but his monument was erected in 1929 & paid for by the city of Buenos Aires. At the top of the column, places & dates of military campaigns tell visitors a bit about the man’s service to his country.
But the statue—generally attributed to Torcuato Tasso—is breathtaking. Situated at the entrance gate, it is one of the first pieces of art seen by visitors. A few allegories are present: military action (the sword), victory (a wreath of laurel) & Argentina (shield with the nation’s coat-of-arms). Although it’s tempting to rush inside & wander the walkways of the cemetery, stop for a moment & examine this beautiful statue before diving in.