- Mexico's largest cemetery, the Panteón de Dolores, is a jumbled, mostly unkempt but fascinating place on the southern sie of Chapultepec Park. Opened in 1875 and named for Dolores Murrieta de Galloss, who donated the 2,400,000 square meter property, the Panteón is the eternal home of 700,000 souls who rest in simple graves and elaborate mausoleums. Mexico's most honored citizens lay in the Rotunda of Illustrious Persons, an open-air plaza, including painter Diego Rivera, Nobel Prize-winning author Octavio Paz, and actress Dolores Del Rio. For a particularly spooky visit, come to the cemetery for the annual Cine en los Panteones, a horror film series presented by Morbidofest.com. The Traditional Festival of Bones during Day of the Dead observations on November 1 draws families from around the city to share meals and honor their dearly departed. The Zoo, Castle, Parque Acuatico Atlantis, and Anthropology Museum are other nearby attractions inside Chapultepec Park.
Hours of Operation: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Parking: Limited street parking
Services: You can purchase flowers at stands outside the entrance gate.
How to Get There: By Taxi: from Paseo de la Reforma, about MX$40/US$4. By Bus: From Chapultepec Metro station take bus #24 Panteón de Dolores/Hacienda. By car: Travel south on Constituyentes about 10 minutes. The Panteón is on the right side.
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- Avenida Constituyentes No. 447, between sections two and three of Chapultepec Park
- Mexico City, DF
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