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General Cemetery (Cementerio General)

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Address: Avenida La Paz, Santiago, Chile
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56 2 7379469
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This well-groomed cemetery is the final resting spot for some of Chile's...

This well-groomed cemetery is the final resting spot for some of Chile's most honored figures, including former President Salvador Allende.

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My wife, my daughter, my grandchild and I visited the General Cemetery in January 2017. Is is located on Metro Line 2 on the North side of Santiago and you get off the Metro at... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is by far the biggest cemetary we ever went to. There is more than 3.000.000 people buried and the area corresponds to 117 soccerfields. There are a lot of beautifull tombs and graves, but also a lot of areas are worn down. It is more of a city of the dead than a cemetary, with cars driving between the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife, my daughter, my grandchild and I visited the General Cemetery in January 2017. Is is located on Metro Line 2 on the North side of Santiago and you get off the Metro at the Cemeteries station and the General Cemetery is right there. There is no admission fee. It is necessary to get a map at the office... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The monopoly of the Pinochet dictatorship on this huge burial site has been broken. Opponents to the regime like Jara, Parra, Allende and so many who disappeared got the place they deserved, be it long after they died. One gets a feeling of justice finally being done when walking around at the cemetery. Good Chileans honor their dead with flowers... More 

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Santiago, Chile
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

For Europeans the idea of a city to celebrate life and death is anathema. But trust me you will be surprised. So OK this is not the Ricoleta cemetery in Buenos Aires but it is fascinating but you must take a guide. The entrance buildings are impressive but once inside you see and experience a labyrinth of streets with some... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

It is a cemetery and it will only make sense if you have a guide. I wouldn't go out of my way if you have seen a mausoleum.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

While not the ordinary or everyday visitor experience, a cemetery offers powerful and unique insights into a society's perspectives on life and death, religion and politics, as well as celebratory and mournful passion. Having visited notable cemeteries in North America and Europe this location was fascinating and unlike any other I had viewed. Besides its enormous size and scope it... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

What could be more beautiful than a place which celebrates life ( and death). Great monuments, sad, touching, glorious. Must visit place for Santiago.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This is one of the most fascinating places we have ever been. Everything from walls of crypts to apartment size vaults holding entire famous (and infamous) families. Best to go with a guide who knows the place because it is huge.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Large, beautiful park that is also the location of the burial of many of Santiago's most influential citizens. The burial tombs reveal the societal position of the family and are an illustration about the varying architectural styles en vogue at that time. The tombs range from contemporary to Egyptian to Greek and Italian Baroque. Its an amazing and pleasant place... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

Cementerio General is one of the most fascinating cemeteries I've been to. The sheer size of it is impressive, even more so is the number of people laid to rest there including notable historical figures. The contrast between the various architectural styles and size of the monuments and the smaller graves is extraordinary. One could easily spend an entire afternoon... More 

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