jueves, 1 de octubre de 2009

The Garden and the Tomb

The garden is one of the favorite spots of our visitors, due to the magnificent green of the trees and ivies among different kinds of flowers: Agapanthus (Agapanthus africanus), White lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica), Azalea (Rhododendron sp.), Great Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea spectabilis), Madonna lily (Lilium candidum) y various species of roses.

In the year of 1988, sponsored by president Virgilio Barco, the body of Jorge Eliécer Gaitán Ayala was moved to the garden in the Cultural Center next to the house. The buried body stands facing the San Pedro Alejandrino Estate in Santa Marta, within a round tombstone that represents a laurel wreath; it was covered with soil brought from every single Colombian town, and sprinkled with water from the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, as well as the Panama Canal and the Magdalena River. Above it is a flowering rosebush, found on the two thousand peso bill.

Around the tomb are two of his most memorable speeches: the Prayer for Peace and the Prayer for the Humble.

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