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The Church of our Lady of Pilar, Recoleta, Argentina

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The historic and beautiful cathedral, Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Pilar (The Church of Our Lady of Pilar), is situated in the Buenos Aires neighborhood of Recoleta.  The church adjoins the famous Recoleta cemetery, which we’ve previously visited on this website.

Iglesia Nuestra Senora del Pilar is considered one of the most beautiful examples of Buenos Aires’ Colonial architecture.  It’s the city’s second oldest church and has retained its original altarpiece and icons.   The church is named in honor of the patron saint of the city of Zaragoza in Spain, and was completed in 1732.  Its original architect was a Jesuit, Andres Bianchi, and was built in conjunction with a convent of Franciscans.

Altarpiece, The Church of Our Lady of Pilar, Recoleta

Altarpiece, The Church of Our Lady of Pilar, Recoleta

The monks of Recoletos were expelled from …

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Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Who would have guessed the most expensive real estate in Buenos Aires is found in a cemetery?  Not only is it expensive, there’s a line waiting to get in (seriously)!  You actually lease a plot here, as I understand it, and don’t permanently own it.  In the future your heirs can cancel the deal or let the lease expire, though it’s so prestigious to have a plot here few do.  Regardless, this piece of pricy land has become an interesting and popular tourist attraction.

Recoleta Cemetery is the final resting place of some of the richest and most important people in Argentina’s history, including politicians, Nobel prize winners, scientists and businessmen.  Obviously only wealthy people can afford the real estate (about …

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“Pic of the Week”, December 5, 2014: Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires

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Who would have thought the most desirable, the most expensive and exclusive real estate in Buenos Aires would be in this cemetery?  Recoleta cemetery is the resting place of many local celebrities and dignitaries, from politicians to business people to Nobel Prize winners, but by far it’s most famous grave here is that of Evita (Eva Peron).

Situated in the exclusive Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires, Recoleta cemetery is adjacent to Our Lady of Pilar church (Iglesia de Nuestra Señora del Pilar), built in 1732, whose tower you can see in the background of these photos.  The cemetery covers 14 acres and has just under 4700 permanent residents — not counting all the feral cats.  It’s mausoleums, statuary and …

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A Visit to Ireland: Part 2) the Rock of Cashel

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There are few places in Ireland with a richer history than the Rock of Cashel.   Situated at the edge of the town of Cashel, the rock is a huge outcropping on top of which rests a complex of old buildings situated some 60m (200ft) above the rich green farmland of County Tipperary.
A brief history of the Rock of Cashel:

It was from this rocky prominence that the Irish Kings of Munster ruled for more than 700 years (370 to 1101 A.D.).  St. Patrick visited the Rock of Cashel and baptized King Aengus around 450 A.D.  Legend has it the saint accidentally impaled the King’s foot with the base of his crosier staff.  The …

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