Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Recoleta

The end of April we had the opportunity to visit the Recoleta District in the City of Buenos Aires with Brother and Sister Henderson. The Recoleta is an upscale neighborhood. The picture above is a picture of a banyan tree that was planted in 1800 by some priests. Notice how the branches grow horizontal.
The picture above is a pile of rocks that they use to build cobble stone streets and walks. They were in the process of rebuilding some walkways in the park. I thought it was interesting.
They were just starting to set their stands up when I took this picture.This is another picture of the banyan tree and how they have to put supports under the limbs as it continues to grow. The upper left hand corner shows the size of a limb.
While at the Recoleta we visited the Recoleta Cemetery. They build crypts where they put the caskets. They are usually for entire families and may have several caskets in them. Some are very elaborate and some are very simple.
While there we found where Eva Peron is buried. Many deny she is buried here because she was not born into the aristocratic class. She is supposedly buried thirty feet underground because her body was exhumed and disappeared after her death. This time they made sure she would be left undisturbed.
This is the entrance to the crypt where she is buried. The picture below is typical of the stain glass windows they use .