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Recoleta is not just a cemetery: it is a space full of art, history and peculiar anecdotes.
Recoleta is not just a cemetery: it is a space full of art, history and peculiar anecdotes. We tell you some details that are hidden between its vaults and mausoleums.
Warlord of the province of La Rioja, it is said that Facundo Quiroga, famous for the book written by Sarmiento inspired by him, asked to be buried standing because only in this way an Argentine man could “present himself to his Creator”.
David Alleno was an Italian who worked in the cemetery of La Recoleta. In love with the place, he bought with his savings a vault that he cleaned for thirty years. Then he was represented in a marble effigy, with his clothes and labor instruments: broom and bucket. His statue already had the epitaph, dated and everything: “David Alleno, caretaker in this cemetery 1881-1910”. Once he finished installing the mausoleum he resigned his post, returned home and shot himself to be buried there.
Salvador María del Carril was governor of San Juan and vice president of Urquiza. However, despite its political relevance, its monument represents a curious married life. They say that his wife Tiburcia Dominguez sometimes spent more money than due. Salvador then published a letter to warn his wife's creditors that he would not answer for their debts. His wife, indignant, swore never to speak to him again. And she held the decision beyond death: Tiburcia asked that her bust in the mausoleum be placed with her back to the monument of Salvador, because she did not want to “look in the same direction” as her husband “throughout the eternity”.
Liliana Crocciati was the daughter of a famous Italian combiner, painter and poet. He died at the age of 20 when he was on his honeymoon in 1970. That same day, in Argentina, his dog Sabú had died. In the sculpture, made in bronze, Liliana appears with her wedding dress, her engagement ring and, of course, accompanied by her beloved Sabú.
Rufina Cambaceres, who belonged to an important family of the time, died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 19, in 1902. The day after she was buried, the keeper of the vault made a macabre find: the coffin had moved and, when opened, observed blows and scratches on Rufina's face, provoked by her desperate attempt to escape.
Publication Date: 31/07/2020
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