In the surrounding areas of the Central Cemetery, there are a series of places that also guard some of the popular and historical secrets of the Bogota. These places tell the stories of many people and of the growth and transformation of a city.
The Central Cemetery of Bogotá is a patrimonial site of the city where the most powerful and famous men of Colombia have historically been buried. Paradoxically, the official leaders of the country such as former presidents and city mayors, are now buried next to protester leaders, former guerrilla activists and left party militants: those who battled in life, share a common ground in death.
Throughout the years, the neighborhood that embraces the Cemetery has turned in the most dangerous and obscure neighborhood of Bogotá. Its inhabitants; street workers and delinquents are however, the most devoted visitors of the Cemetery.
Through different rituals and beliefs, these visitors have transformed the Cemetery into a living site of popular priests, death artists, unofficial saints and popular cults. Many of the anonymous people buried in here, have became famous in account of their names, their grave inscription or simply because of the fictional stories that have emerged and surround them.
*Project developed for the Centro de Memoria, Paz y Reconciliación, with the collaboration of the team at the CMPR. Design team: Juan Sebastián Orjuela.