General Cemetery (Cementerio General), Santiago

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Wander the grounds of General Cemetery (Cementerio General), one of the largest cemeteries in South America and the final resting place of almost two million people. Since its inauguration in 1821, many important people in Chile's history have been buried here, including all but two of its presidents. Roam the gardens filled with flowers and leafy trees, passing grandiose mausoleums and simple, solemn graves. See the memorials for Salvador Allende and for the victims of the oppressive regime of Augusto Pinochet. The vast cemetery is great for an architecture or history enthusiast, while its tranquil atmosphere and lush green gardens make it suitable for a long, peaceful walk. Add General Cemetery (Cementerio General) to your Santiago travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Santiago trip generator.
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  • August 5, 2017
    The Cementerio General is a truly amazing place to wander, learn more about Santiago's history, and appreciate the somewhat unique way Chileans celebrate and honor their dead. Although it might sound ...  more »
  • July 21, 2017
    Located in the Centre of the commune of Recoleta, cemetery is very large and has a rich history of our country. The sculptures, mausoleums and vaults to realize a strong architectural power.
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  • July 12, 2017
    It's a good ride, the graveyard is beautiful and well organized. You see the clear difference existing in the country's social, between the larger and the smaller tombs. I did a tour that ended up taking a lot of time and a lot of walking, but I think it's worth to check!
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  • June 9, 2017
    This huge cemetery contains the elaborate and ostentatious tombs of the great and wealthy but the memorial "motels" tell a more interesting story. As well, there is the sad and sobering patio 29 where some of the 40,000 victims of the dictator August Pinochet (in power from 1973 to 1990) were buried. We entered the cemetery at the entrance next to the administrative offices (corner of La Union and Av Professor Zanartu) where a guard gave us a Spanish language map to the cemetery. The main entrance is opposite Av La Paz. The map details the locations of the tombs of presidents and other Chilean notables as well as tombs of architectural distinction. About halfway through the cemetery the leafy areas of "uptown" give way to the low rise motel-style mausoleums of the ordinary people. Patio 29 is an unloved looking area of metal crosses that contrasts with the obvious care and attention lavished on the neighbouring motel graves. While visiting, we saw a coffin on a hand-drawn cart followed by mourners and many people tending graves. Dogs roam happily but show little interest in humans. There are more than 2 million bodies in the cemetery, most of which are in the above-ground multistorey buildings. Well worth a visit.
  • June 14, 2017
    If you love history, this is a must see... beautiful yet unusual mausoleums, sarcophaguses, memorials to most every president of Chile, as well as the common folk... clean, safe, and beautiful. It is a little sad that the damage from past earthquakes has caused some damage and unless something is done, some of the more elaborate mausoleums may collapse in the near future. Although I did see it myself, I recommend you learn the story and find the gravesite of Victor Jara.
  • March 18, 2017
    This is a historical place of Santiago, many of our most interesting historical members are buried here and the ornamental art that is shown it's a beautiful spectacle! Take a tour!
  • February 21, 2017
    Beautiful place, full of sculptures and art. Very peaceful and tranqui.
  • August 4, 2017
    Badly maintained, don't see the appeal.

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