Thursday, March 30, 2017

Panteón de San Fernando

Finally, after two and a half years living here, I finally visited the Panteón de San Fernando, one of the city's oldest cemeteries (1832). A small and well-kept cemetery, it soon became too expensive but for the most important of families, which led to numerous important people from the 19th century to be buried here. 

After Benito Juárez became president (one key character of Mexico's history, by the way), he secularized all cemeteries, and declared San Fernando a cemetery for distinguished people. There are military heroes, politicians, artists and, finally, the very last person to be buried here, Benito Juárez himself.

A fascinating little corner of the historic centre of Mexico City.

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