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Santiago Sights

Cementerio General

  • Av. Prof. Alberto Zañartu 951 Map It
  • Recoleta
  • Cemetery

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It may be an unusual tourist attraction, but this cemetery in the northern part of the city reveals a lot about traditional Chilean society. After passing through the lofty stone arches of the main entrance, you'll find well-tended paths lined with marble mausoleums, squat mansions belonging to Chile's wealthy families. The 8- or 10-story "niches" farther along—concrete shelves housing thousands of coffins—resemble middle-class apartment buildings. Their inhabitants

lie here until the rent runs out and they're evicted. Look for former President Salvador Allende's final resting spot. A map at the main entrance to the cemetery can help you find it. Two-hour guided tours, in Spanish, start at 9:30, 11:30, and 3:30 weekdays, and there's also a 9:30 pm tour on weekends; all tours are 2,500 pesos. Reservations are required.

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Av. Prof. Alberto Zañartu 951, Santiago, Chile

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  • Daily 9–6


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Nov 17, 2003

the dead people are as dead as can be!


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