Cementerio General (General Cemetery)

Cementerio General (General Cemetery)

Cementerio General (General Cemetery)
4.5
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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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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sbiriguda02
Milan, Italy283 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
I had a quick self-guided solo tour only to see Allende's tomb and Patio 29.
The map you get at the entrance is very helpful if you are on a tight schedule, but you may need to walk long distances to get from one end to the other.
Patio 29 is a most moving experience, especially on a winter Sunday morning with the clouds slowly uncovering the Andes.
Written 29 September 2023
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Scotty
New York City, NY5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013
It is truly an experience to visit this huge cemetery to see all of the various styles and types of burials that are on the grounds. Salvador Allende Gossens tomb is here but so are the tombs of many other important people to the history of Chile. What is most striking about this place is the variety of architecture used in the construction of the tombs. From an anthropological perspective of the ritual of death as practiced over time in Chile, this is an essential spot to visit. For those interested in architectural styles over time it offers examples of nearly every important style including very modern strutters that look more like banks or offices than tombs. Plan on at least one hour but really many more given the size and layout.
Written 13 January 2013
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Christian M
Copenhagen, Denmark5,479 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Cementerio General, where the murdered ex-president Salvador Allende (and many other ex-presidents and notables) is buried, is a huge experience. One of the biggest attractions in Santiago de Chile, actually.

It's a whole city - a so-called necropolis - with named streets lined with hundreds of beautifully decorated buildings designed as small palaces, churches, Greek temples, etc.

Each of these mausoleums must have been staggeringly expensive, even though they can accommodate entire families, so immortality comes at a price. A very high price.

Salvador Allende's sculptural family grave is uniquely timeless in its design. A dignified blend of public memorial and private family grave.

In my opinion, Santiago's Cementerio General is even more impressive than the (perhaps) more famous La Recoleta in Buenos Aires, where Evita Peron is laid to rest. Chile's richest families have either been wealthier than their Argentine contemporaries - or more obsessed with the coveted immortality.
Written 26 March 2024
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Alli E
Santiago, Chile30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2010 • Friends
Few cemeteries are touted as tourist attractions - La Recoleta in Buenos Aires and Arlington in Washington, DC, are a few that come to mind - but if you have more than just a few days in Santiago, the Cementerio General is worth a few hours of your time. Entrance is free, and basic maps are available at the entrance, but it is extremely easy to get lost in this gigantic maze, so if you're looking for a more thorough visit, a tour might be your best option. Highlights include Victor Jara's former grave, La Novia Muerta (the Dead Bride), Balmaceda's tomb (where students about to take important tests write on the walls for good luck), the memorial to the detained and disappeared during the Pinochet dictatorship, and Allende's tomb. However, I recommend walking through all of the cemetary, from the most desperately poor, to the unnamed victims of the Pinochet dictatorship in the mass grave in Patio 29, to the gigantic buildings of the wealthy.

Oddly enough, you'll most likely find people selling ice cream, snacks, and sodas along the main walkways.
Written 27 October 2011
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milesaway09
San Francisco, CA9 contributions
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This tour is definitely a surprise and not as creepy as you would imagine. Our tour guide was spectacular, full of anecdotes and knew pretty much everything there is to know about the place. Seeing the cemetery is like looking into a little city. It's a great way to visualize Chilean history. We booked the tour through the agency we worked with in Chile, SantiagoTravels, and the guide, Natalia, recommended this as we enjoyed her other tours.
It was much more interesting than the one in Buenos Aires, which for us was overrated. I would recommed it, but walking shoes are a must! It's probably the most unique place in the city and a guide, such as ours, is also a must, as on your own you would probably wonder around lost, missing out on the best sites.
Written 8 December 2009
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BonitaL22
Cabo San Lucas, Mexico32 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
July 2019 • Business
God-forbid my body laid to rest in such a horrible place. The best part of the cemetery is the memorial to the 300 missing people.
Written 24 July 2019
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Gregory W
Mankato, MN3,826 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2014 • Solo
One of South America's largest cemeteries with over 2 million buried here, the General Cemetery is large indeed--so bring a good pair of walking shoes as well as something to drink. The red line will drop you off in front of the cemetery gate, but don't enter here. Walk around the block to the front entrance for a better first view. The cemetery streets inside are lined with mausoleums, palms and rows of graves. All but two of the Chile's presidents are buried here as well as other notables. Large building too are erected to honor military and members of special social clubs and organizations. You will see everything from ornate mausoleums to graves that are quite ordinary. During the holidays family come out and really give their former family members a special treat--for ex., at Christmas they will bring Christmas trees and santas as well as tinsel strung from tree to gave.
Written 16 December 2014
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Haythem19
Bellevue, WA188 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Solo
This cemetery is so different from the ones I've seen in the US and the Middle East. Instead of dull rows of headstones with sparse flowers, you see row after row of crypts and tombs that are more often than not decorated with flowers, pictures, mementos and notes from loved ones. The difference between the social classes is stark, with the lower classes buried in concrete rows painted yellow to create a cheery attitude. You know you've come across the poorest residents when you start to see rain tattered eviction notices taped to the tombs. The upper classes, on the other hand, are buried in beautifully stark sepulchers of grey marble shaded by lots of well-watered trees. Some plots are even for sale, in case you happen to be in the market!

Of course, there are some famous people buried, and the place is so big you kind of need to know where they are before you come. I just happened to stumble upon Salvador Allende, a monument to the Desaparecidos (those kidnapped by the Pinochet regime) and a very well-decorated headstone belonging to a gay youth who was beaten to death outside a nightclub. It's almost as if Chile's history and societal structure is all encoded in the cemetery.

One note of caution, the neighborhood is not the best, so come in a group and make sure you don't get lost on your way back. I got on the wrong bus and ended up seeing a guy get beat up by a street gang near Metro Zapadores after being there only 15 minutes. Play it safe and stick to the metro.
Written 23 November 2014
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KatePnz
Auckland, New Zealand215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2013
I came into this cemetary from the back entrance (subway exit) so didn't realise how good it was until I worked my way to the front which is down a long way and then to the left. The ordinary folks part is culturally interesting but many of the vaults are in bad repair I am guessing from the earthquake, so if you don't want to see what's underground don't look too carefully. Personally I found this fascinating as you don't often get to see what the inside of a vault looks like. It appears people get to have their bones placed in polysteyrene chilli bins that are stacked high on shelves. Not exactly what I had imagined. However the rich folks part of the cemetary is worth a long visit. There is every imaginable classic house. From pyramids to noble mansions. The part just inside the main gate is positively artistic. The huge statues surrounding the entrance way are awesome. If you're not into cemetaries give this one a go and see if you change your mind.
Written 16 March 2013
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elsiek
London850 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2012 • Couples
This enormous cemetery is easily reached on metro yellow line and then exiting at Cementerios. Well worth a visit, we were constantly amazed at how much money had been spent to revere the dead. The mausoleums were spectacular - some would be better described as small buildings. These alongside more simple graves provided a snap shot of Chilean life from all ends of the financial scale. It also walks you through history as you see graves from many years ago right up to modern day. Look out for the Allende monument. Having wandered round in the day we were persuaded to return at night by news that there was a nocturnal tour. We wish we hadn't.There is a strict booking system and the need to confirm and reconfirm your booking details. At 8pm there were around 50 of us standing at the cemetery gates waiting for our host and waiting to be checked in through security. Whilst we understand the need for caution whilst conducting such a large group in such a large area this did not excuse the fact that the leader was one hour late. And then, when he did turn up he felt the need to deliver the tour whilst wearing a very bad Quasimodo outfit. Apparently he is an actor but maybe he needs to practice the projection of his voice. We couldn't hear half of it. And it was so boring. We walked miles in the dark, unable to see any of the beautiful details and only vaguely kept awake by some poorly acted anecdotes. This cost us $2500 each - better to go in the day for free. If you really want to contact these guys there are at tournocturno@cementeriogeneral.cl. Oh and to ask anyone to spend over 3 hours waiting around & then walking, without any consideration to a bathroom break is madness.
Written 10 August 2012
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