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539. benito sánchez

Beautiful panel signed by M. Pla y Vilar. Remember that morning & sunset are the best times to peek inside mausoleums to find these gems. To see more examples, type “stained glass” into the search bar. Happy holidays to everyone, & thanks very much for all the support this year. Hope you’ve enjoyed Recoleta Cemetery as much as we do!

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486. familias de atucha y sarasa

Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Familias de Atucha y Sarasa

Imposing but built on one of the more narrow paths of the cemetery, the mausoleum for the Familias de Francisco de Atucha y Azcuénaga y de Saturnino Sarasa is notoriously difficult to photograph. Even more difficult to see is the beautiful stained glass window inside… but it’s worth the effort:

Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Familias de Atucha y Sarasa, stained glass

At the beginning of the 20th century, Jorge Atucha purchased some 35,000 hectares from the Duggan family. The estate, located on the northern border of the Provincia de Buenos Aires, took the name “El Pelado“—perhaps Jorge was balding at the time!—& soon became a thriving cattle ranch. The family’s fortune grew when a branch of the Urquiza train line arrived to the estate in 1913 & carried its products to the capital. The station was named Sarasa after the last name of Jorge’s mother.

Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Familias de Atucha y Sarasa

As the estate grew, so did the number of people needed to work it. By 1925, a small town began to emerge in order to provide services to estate workers. Unfortunately “El Pelado” did not survive the political & economic crisis following the departure of Perón. In later years, the last military dictatorship stopped train service, & the town currently has a population of under 100 people.

Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Familias de Atucha y Sarasa

But the estate is still recognized as one of the oldest & best breeders of thoroughbred race horses in the nation. And in spite of fortunes that come & go, the Atucha family obviously did very well for themselves. Their tomb was designed by French architect René Sergent, although he never visited Buenos Aires. The beautifully crafted door & crowning angels would certainly draw much more attention if this tomb had been built on a main walkway.

Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Familias de Atucha y Sarasa, René Sergant signature

Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Familias de Atucha y Sarasa

When the Atuchas spent time in Buenos Aires, their residence was located near Recoleta Cemetery on chic Avenida Alvear… just opposite the Palacio Ortiz Basualdo. Sold long ago, the house was divided into several apartments & contains one of the few faux, painted façades in Buenos Aires & is easily visible from busy Avenida 9 de Julio.

Buenos Aires, Retiro, Palacio Atucha

Buenos Aires, Retiro, Palacio Atucha


450. silvestre zamboni

Recoleta Cemetery, Buenos Aires, Silvestre Zamboni

Although this post was meant to showcase only the spectacular stained glass window, the following comment by Ricardo Martine Tanoira deserves to be translated & placed here:

My great-grandfather, Carlos Zamboni, was the son of Silvestre Zamboni, founder of an ironworks in Buenos Aires [that bore his last name]. Carlos arrived in Argentina at the age of 12. Silvestre, his father, and his older brother moved to Argentina one year before. Carlos married Josefina Ciarlo, & they had 10 children together. Their youngest daughter, Josefina, was my grandmother. Silvestre Zamboni passed away in Buenos Aires & is buried in this Recoleta vault. The stained glass above can be found inside & belongs to my family, descendants of Sylvestre Zamboni.