When we talk about Recoleta, we mean both the residential neighbourhood of the City of Buenos Aires, and the Cultural Center and Cemetery that is located within it.
The Recoleta neighbourhood emerged at the end of the 18th century, when farms in the area disappeared, giving way to buildings. And the name of the neighbourhood comes from the Convento de Recoletos Descalzos, but it is known as “the Argentine Paris”, since the yellow fever epidemic that devastated the city in the 1870s caused the upper classes to build French-style mansions and buildings in this area.
In 1822, the North Cemetery was inaugurated, the first public cemetery in the city, which occupied part of the garden of the Recoletos monks. Therefore, it is known as Recoleta Cemetery.
Over time, it suffered a great deterioration and was remodeled in 1880. It was endowed with a regal portico with double row of columns. Since then, it became the favourite necropolis of wealthy families and illustrious characters, who built mausoleums and pantheons of great architectural beauty. Here, Eva Perón (Evita), Nobel Prize winners, presidents of the Nation, athletes and writers are buried.
Currently, there are free guided tours in Spanish. From Tuesday to Friday at 11 a.m. and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The tour lasts about an hour.
The Cultural Center
In this neighbourhood, the most elegant in the city, we find the Recoleta Cultural Center. It is a space for young people that drives artistic movements. It has been open for more than three decades and has a lot of rooms and activities of all artistic disciplines.