This is one of the dozens of statues that help make the municipal cemetery in Punta Arenas, Chile, one of the southernmost cities in the world, be considered one of the most beautiful necropolises on the planet. The adage that one doesn’t really get to know a culture until one sees how they bury and honor their dead goes a long way here in this mini-city.
About a year and a half ago, CNN correspondent Bruce Holmes came up with a list of 10 of the world’s most beautiful cemeteries. Purely by happenstance I visited two on his list within 13 days of each other; the second of the pair, the municipal cemetery in Punta Arenas, Chile, just 15 days before his story was published. That’s a coincidence that’s quite likely only entertaining to me, so I’ll only add that I can’t disagree with his conclusions.
While it doesn’t quite share the scale and pomposity of the better-known La Recoleta in Buenos Aires, the public cemetery in Punta Arenas, one of the most remote larger cities in the world, doesn’t lack the splendor of its Argentine counterpart.
Located about a 20 minute stroll from the city’s main central plaza, there’s no reason whatsoever to skip a visit if you ever reach points this far south.