Iglesia del Pilar, The oldest church of Buenos Aires is in the heart of upscale super chick Recoleta neighborhood. This simple and small colonial construction featuring clean rounded lines, all painted in white; with no apparent extravaganza is THE traditional church of the city, the place of prayer and comfort for the Argentine society group. For more information: Email: Bob Frassinetti. Press here to go back to web blog:Daily Updates on Art, Antiques, Collectibles as well as travel information for Buenos Aires, Argentina.
This catholic conception is tied to the Catholic institution and church, and the priest's role working on behalf of the deceased. The church burials were the rule then, and there was a rich and interesting logic to its functioning. The prominent men and women of society who were deep believers and good Christians, according to their place in the social pyramid were buried inside the church, close to the altar, these was done because it was then believed that the soul could ascend the Heavenly kingdom easily. That's why, under the Colonial churches there are numerous archaeological sites and even some underground museums. After the vigil, the burial ceremony took place, the body was shrouded with an ancient tunic illustrating the order to which belonged and buried underground the church, one of the tiles in the floor was lifted, and then placed back into the original scheme. There were no marks or signs that indicated the location. However the family, present at the moment of burial, knew exactly where it was and usually, chose to sat on the nearby benches during mass.