Dorrego Ortiz Basualdo Tomb, Recoleta, Buenos Aires 1917

Dorrego Ortiz Basualdo Tomb, Recoleta, Buenos Aires 1917
Dorrego Ortiz Basualdo Tomb, Recoleta, Buenos Aires 1917

RECOLETA is the name generally applied to the Cementerio del Norte (Northern Cemetery) and is the favorite burial place of the Porteño (Buenos Aires) aristocracy. In Argentina and most South American countries, the wealthy dead are interred in vaults; those of the poorer families are buried in the ground with a stone slab over their grave, and with a cross to mark the headpiece; the very poorest are placed in niches in the cemetery walls, one on top of another like the catacombs.

THE Basualdo family is one of the wealthiest of Buenos Aires. The final resting place of this member of the family is the acme of art and originality. (from Henry Stephens, Illustrated descriptive Argentina, 1917)

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