General Cemetery of Santiago: New robbery, now it is to the Rosemblitt Waissbluth mausoleum

As a few days ago, the architect Tomás Domínguez Balmaceda, an expert in the General Cemetery of Santiago, reports what would be a new robbery. Now it would be the Rosenblitt Waissbluth mausoleum.

General Cemetery of Santiago

The 86-hectare cemetery was founded on December 9, 1821 by Bernardo O’Higgins. In 1854 the Court of Dissidents was created, which housed the Protestants.

The General Cemetery of Santiago is the place in Chile that concentrates the largest amount of historical, artistic, architectural and natural heritage in the country.

With a good part of it declared heritage, great personalities from the most diverse fields are buried in the General Cemetery of Santiago. Among them are the presidents Manuel Bulnes, José Manuel Balmaceda, Pedro Montt, Eduardo Frei Montalva and Salvador Allende, among others.

There are works of art, including important sculptures Rebeca Matte and Tótila Albert.

In its great extension, with the quantity and diversity of its tree species, they not only transform it into a green lung for the capital.

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Mausoleo Rosenblitt Waissbluth

Tomás Domínguez reports a new robbery, days after reporting the theft of the bronze plaques from the monument to the victims of the La Compañía fire.

This time the robbery was in the old Dissenting Cemetery of Santiago, today Patio 1 of the General Cemetery Historical Monument. It was originally created to receive Protestants, although Jews were also buried there.

The new robbery in the General Cemetery of Santiago now affected the Rosenblitt Waissbluth mausoleum. The following pieces of art were stolen from him: Two Menorás (seven-candle candlesticks) and the bronze Star of David from the door. It is not clear if the stained glass was destroyed to make income or if it was stolen. It is an image of Moses, based on the sculpture by Michelangelo. Thefts of bronze objects were also carried out, accounting for at least twenty bronze handles from the lids of the niches and 60 letters of the family name.

Interior of the Rosenblitt Waissbluth Mausoleum, before and after the robbery.
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A robbery that would have lasted hours

Although Tomás Domínguez does not know that there is a history of those responsible, he estimates that they would have delayed the robbery for several hours. Due to his many years of experience linked to the study of the General Cemetery, he suggests that it may be common crime. However, it does not rule out the action of the cultural property trafficking mafia that operates in the Cemetery or anti-Semitic motivations. The latter, since of the entire cemetery, it is the grave with the most outstanding Jewish iconography, according to the architect.

Finally, Tomás Domínguez does not know if this theft is related to that of the plaques from the monument to the victims of the La Compañía fire, located in Plaza La Paz. The North Central Prosecutor’s Office and the Monuments Council have already learned of the facts.

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