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Cementerio General, La Paz
(3.9/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web)
Spread over a sprawling 85 hectares (210 acres) and housing an estimated 2 million burial sites, Cementerio General draws visitors with its lavish surroundings and grand history. The opulent and ornate mausoleums here have architectural grounding in French and Italian styles, and you may even spot Mayan influences. Many use the site as an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, and a walk around the grounds offers serene and lush gardens decorated with a colorful and sweet-smelling smorgasbord of flowers. Keep your eye out for a few exotic birds. Cementerio General is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, La Paz Edition.
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  • Holy place, where our loved ones rest after having departed to the most it is; It is located in the city of La Paz.
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  • I found the cemetery via the red teleferico line as the middle station is right near the back entrance to the cemetery. If you're in the city a few days it is worth visiting to see how people in La Pa...  more »
  • It is in an area with busy commercial means of transport. Mobilities at different tourist sites of La Paz, as Tiwuanku, sorata, the Lake Titicaca, Copacabana, among others can be around Central magnificent of the cemetery. At the same cemetery can enjoy a space of quiet to relax and stroll along some areas of elegant tombs as well as famous characters in the history of Bolivia
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  • While the cable-cars overhead nowadays might add a strange touch to the picture, the Cementerio General is still a beautiful and quiet place to visit within the noisy and chaotic centre of La Paz. Tip: recently, QR codes were placed on or next to the graves of several famous Bolivians buried here. Having a QR code scanner on your smartphone will give you a bit of extra information while strolling around the Cementerio General.
  • Unlike anything most tourists have ever seen. It's definitely a must visit in La Paz.
  • The General cemetery was established by Supreme Decree of 25 January 1826 by Mariscal Antonio José de Sucre. This Decree is corroborated by the official order signed by Marshal Andrés de Santa Cruz on January 24, 1831. Until this date, the inhabitants of the city had made the burial of their dead in the atriums of churches. Subsequently, on February 9, 1940, approves the general regulation of cemeteries and is put into effect.
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  • The first cemetery of La Paz, very neglected and dirty.
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  • One of the historical centers of the city. It is nevertheless overshadowed by informal trade that is given in full door... From food to flowers.
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