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The Panteon Civil de Dolores

Tiwy.com (September 2007)
 

Entrance to the Panteon Civil de Dolores The civil Panteon Dolores – is the most famous cemetery of the Mexican capital. It can be compared with our Novodevichy Cemetery. A lot of outstanding and just influential people of Mexico are buried in the Panteon.


The Panteon Civil de Dolores The Panteon Civil de Dolores The Rotunda of the glorious creators The Rotunda of the glorious creators (Rotonda de las Personas Ilustres), which is situated near the main entrance, is the special attraction of the Panteon. Here, the most genius Mexicans, who achieved the creative heights in literature, cinema and politics found their peaceful rest.

The Rotunda is one of the most visited places in Mexico-city and not only by admirers and researchers of creative inheritance of great people, but also by schoolchildren for whom classes on contribution of Mexico to cultural treasury of the humanity are held in the open air. The Rotunda of the glorious creators The Rotunda of the glorious creators The Panteon Civil de Dolores

There is a special positive aura in the Rotunda, which disposes to reflections, to bright perception of realia of life no matter how difficult and sometimes hostile they might seem.

Among the ever living dwellers of the Rotunda

Diego Rivera (1886-1957) painter, muralist (Diego Rivera)

The grave of Diego Rivera The grave of Diego Rivera The grave of Diego Rivera The grave of Diego Rivera The grave of Diego Rivera The grave of Diego Rivera



The grave of David Alfaro Siqueiros The grave of David Alfaro Siqueiros The grave of David Alfaro Siqueiros David Alfaro Siqueiros (1896-1974) painter, muralist


The grave of Jose Clemente Orozco Jose Clemente Orozco (1883-1949) painter, muralist The grave of Agustin Lara Agustin Lara (1900-1970) – composer


The grave of Vicente Lombardo Toledano The grave of Vicente Lombardo Toledano Vicente Lombardo Toledano Vicente Lombardo Toledano (1894-1968) – politician, union leader


The grave of Dolores del Rio The grave of Dolores del Rio Dolores del Rio (1905-1983) – stage and film actress


The grave of Rosario Castellanos Rosario Castellanos (1926-1974) – authoress, theater pedagogue

The grave of Vicente Riva Palacio Vicente Riva Palacio (1832-1896) – poet, novelist, dramatist and historian.

It is true, that after visiting the Rotunda there remains a feeling that among those monuments and gravestones, one thing is missing, very important, one may say symbolic for Mexico – the gravestone to Frida Kahlo (1907-1954), the woman-artist, whose memory lives not only in Mexico but also far beyond its borders. The ashes of Frida that lie in the urn, are kept in one of the rooms of the Blue House which is connected with the bigger part of her life. There is no doubt that display of the urn with her ashes as a «museum exhibit» borders with disrespect to her memory at all and generally with Christian traditions. Fida Kahlo should find her last place of rest in the Rotunda, near the grave of Diego Rivera – her famous husband. In the yard of the Blue House

There was no place in the Rotunda so far for photo artist Tina Modotti (1896-1942).
After she died of heart attack she was buried in the far corner of the Panteon Dolores.

The grave of Tina Modotti The grave of Tina Modotti The grave of Tina Modotti The grave of Tina Modotti The grave was almost forgotten, was attacked by vandals who broke the marble gravestone with a bas-relief portrait of Tina and dedicated to her magnificent verses of Pablo Neruda. Only after the Embassy of Cuba took patronage over the grave, it got a decent look.

The issue of shifting the remains of Tina to the Rotunda has been discussed for a long time, but the «cultural» authorities still fail to take the final decision. Maybe because of it in the Italian sector of the Panteon (Cimitero Italiano) there has already been prepared a place to accommodate Tina Modotti, an Italian by birth. But in her activity, she was a true Mexican and it was Siqueiros who admiringly spoke about it after visiting her exposition in 1929. In Mexico there has never been and will never be a more Mexican artist than Tina Modotti. Italian sector of the Panteon (Cimitero Italiano) Monument to Tina Modotti in the Italian sector of the Panteon

 


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