martes, 15 de marzo de 2016

A Visit to Presbítero Maestro Cemetery in Lima

"On October 30, 2015, I took the newly completed electric train in Lima and after a short ride I left the chaos of the city behind and entered an oasis of peace, of the rest-in-peace kind that is. I could not think of a more appropriate place to visit on the eve of Halloween, than the Presbítero Maestro Cemetery-Museum, a 2006 World Monuments Watch site.

As I climbed the cemetery’s museum staircase to enter the cemetery below, the grayness of Lima’s landscape became evident on a panoramic scale. From the dust on the rooftops of the burial blocks to the neblina (fog) obscuring the surrounding hills, hing in sight was panza de burro’s (donkey’s belly) color. The grass on the avenues however, provided a green contrast to the white architecture and gray sky—a luxury in a city where rain rarely falls.

The cemetery, which celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2008, is holding up relatively well after surviving several earthquakes, lack of maintenance, and pervasive air pollution. Matías Maestro, the cemetery’s creator, who in the 19th century established the neoclassical as the preferred style for religious architecture in Lima, would be pleased".

Es un gusto para nosotros compartirles el inicio del artículo Una visita al Presbítero Maestro en Lima, escrito por nuestra buena amiga Norma Barbacci, Directora de la World Monuments Fund para Latinoamérica, España y Portugal.

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