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029. cause of death

Lots of information can be found out about the occupants of a particular tomb, even with only basic Spanish… just stop & study the plaques. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Luis María de la Cárcova, Recoleta Cemetery

Upper text reads: “To First Lieutenant Luis María de la Cárcova, RIP. He passed away tragically on 03 May 1948.” As is customary in Recoleta Cemetery, this plaque was given on the first anniversary of his death by those who miss him… in this case, fellow military personnel.

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026. pedro josé díaz

Rarely found but interesting to seek out are drawings etched in the stone or concrete of the vault. This particular spot has no family name or artist’s signature, but the vault has been attributed to Pedro José Díaz in a few sources:

Pedro José Díaz, Recoleta Cemetery

Pedro José Díaz, Recoleta Cemetery

During my initial visits to Recoleta Cemetery several years ago, I remember a bust of someone in military uniform decorating the vault as well. Unfortunately it has been removed, & I never took a photograph. The quality of the etching is generally very good, but the tiny sword detracts from the strength of the overall image.

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