As in Recoleta, they offer guided tours and enhancement of the La Loma cemetery « Diario La Capital de Mar del Plata

Due to its location in the busy area of ​​Alem, but above all because of its history, architecture, symbology and funerary art -largely from the Art Decó trend-, the La Loma Cemetery could add soon guided and educational tours so that tourists and people from Mar del Plata can get to know it and learn about the constructions inside the necropolis, according to a project presented in the Deliberative Council that also contemplates the put in value of the place.

The project developed by the Bachelor of Anthropology and Master in Cultural Heritage Management Magali Golfiericontemplates the diagnosis and conservation of the structures of the cemetery and was admitted by the councilor Paula Mantero (A.M).

The snake that bites its own tail, the square and compass and the winged clock, some Masonic symbols of the Sampietro vault.

The initiative stems from the creation of the program “Memento Mei” (“Remember me“, in Latin) that aims to promote the “conservation and restoration” of the place, as well as the possibility of “accessing financing from various organizations” to meet this objective.

It also aims to link the different municipal areas in order to initiate cultural intervention tasks aimed at “preserve the cultural, symbolic, architectural and historical heritage of the site”; and involve new actors in the project who are interested in the conservation and dissemination of the patrimonial and social value of the cemetery.

The project contemplates the possibility of open the cemetery to the public to do guided and educational tours with the purpose of “deepen knowledge of the different cultural resources of the necropolis”.

Vault with a pyramidal structure, inspired by Ancient Egypt.

Vault with a pyramidal structure, inspired by Ancient Egypt.

For this, it would be necessary “train municipal cemeteries staff in aspects related to space such as heritage, historical and social elements”achieving that from inside the institution “the information generated is known and interpreted”.

In this way, “Not only will a better service be provided to the bereaved, but the workers will be dynamic actors in the generation, conservation and dissemination of the cultural value of their work space”indicates the project.

Likewise, the file contemplates the elaboration of updated brochures and the writing and publication of a book or cultural guide over the Loma Cemetery.

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History, art and curiosity

As it happens in other cities of the world, even in Buenos Aires in the neighborhood of Recollect, or in Paris, Prague, London or Havana, a certain attraction in the cemeteries invites the public to get to know these spaces, their architecture and funerary art of various styles.

In Mar del Plata, the Cementerio Sur, Viejo or de la Loma, is located in a commercial area with great circulation of people throughout the year. This environment, whose neural axis is Alem Street, is in a privileged area with respect to its location and proximity to the coast, as well as the surrounding landscape.

The cemetery guards interesting stories. Originally, it arose to replace the Santa Cecilia Church Cemetery, although there are data that affirm the existence of a previous burial area in the lower area of ​​the town.

When Bernardo de Irigoyen street collides with Almafuerte, an imposing arcade indicates the entrance to the La Loma cemetery, a funerary monument of notable historical and cultural wealth that goes unnoticed by most Mar del Plata residents and tourists.


Entrance to the cemetery of La Loma by Almafuerte and Bernardo de Irigoyen.

This cemetery, whose founding date is unknown (the first burial that appears in the burial books is from 1885), has a reliable record of the city, due to its architecture, its sculptures and the names of those who rest there. but also keep secrets, mysteries, stories. There is much to “discover”. You just have to pay attention and exercise curiosity.

The façade that we know today, designed by the builder Amábile Levis, was built during the 1920s in a project known as “Memento Mei”, which means “Remember me” in Latin.

This work will be responsible for providing the solidity necessary to legitimize the status of the necropolis as the most important in the city. So much so, that in 1927, he decided to close the New Cemetery or North Cemetery, built in 1911. In this way, the Loma Cemetery will become known, for several decades, as the only one in the town. seaside resort

The skull and crossbones, an image with a long tradition.  That symbol was adopted by some Masons to designate a master.

The skull and crossbones, an image with a long tradition. That symbol was adopted by some Masons to designate a master.

The flourishing of which the necropolis was the protagonist during the 20’s goes hand in hand with the growth of the town of Mar del Plata. This will be manifested in the architecture and funerary art, since most of the constructions belong to the Art Decó trend. Among the architects and builders who left their mark, Alejandro Virasoro, Amábile Levis, Arturo Lemmi and Alula Baldassarini stand out.

Diagnosis and conservation

The project in question also ponders that prior to the start of the enhancement tasks, the area of ​​patrimonial preservation of the Municipality should carry out “a diagnosis of the current state of conservationn” of the structures and the enclosure in general.

In addition, it proposes the creation of the Management Unit of the Program for the enhancement of the Loma Cemetery “Memento Mei”, made up of the Directorate of Cemeteries of the Municipal Entity of Urban Services, the Directorate of Patrimonial Preservation and the Directorate of Restoration of Historical Monuments.

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