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062. map development 1

During my first visit to Buenos Aires in March 2000, I was like every newbie in town. I wanted to see where Eva Perón was buried… assured that seeing her tomb would spark some kind of epiphany. The only problem was that there was no map to guide me. I could have asked anyone, but I challenged myself to find Evita on my own. It took me FOUR visits to the cemetery until I finally stumbled upon the site. At least I got a good overview of the cemetery even if that epiphany never came.

After moving to Buenos Aires at the end of 2000, I rarely visited the cemetery. I didn’t know what to make of it, nor did I really understand why it’s so important. In July 2003 I noticed a map had finally been posted at the entrance gate. Hand-drawn with 85 spots to visit, it was hardly impressive or practical. But it was better than nothing:

July 2003 map, Recoleta Cemetery

July 2003 map, Recoleta Cemetery

I was beginning to realize that something had to be done…

Read the complete story in the following posts titled “map development”: Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6 & Part 7. Good news! The PDF guidebook is now available.

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4 Comments

  1. Ellen Lemson

    How can I print a walking tour map? Thanks, Ellen

  2. Hi Ellen – That’s one of the projects I’m working on. I should have one available online in a couple months. There used to be a printed copy I would mail, but that turned out to be too complicated. Thanks!

  3. Xeniya Vins

    Hello,
    I am starting my history project on the Recoleta Cemetery, particularly, its architecture. I was wondering if you know of any books or sites that list architects that have been involved in designing the mausoleums for Recoleta.

    Thank you!

  4. Hi Xeniya – Thanks for the comment… unfortunately there is nothing that lists architects involved in the history of Recoleta Cemetery. It would be an interesting project/book. Please keep me informed of your progress. Good luck!

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