|The tomb at the cemetery's entrance. Said to belong to a rich kid who|
drowned in Germany, many believe it can grant miracles.
Bogotá's Central Cemetery is a place of history and religion, but also magic, miracles and faith.
|A believer asks for aid.|
Amidst this magic and miracles lie the Great Men of Colombian history - generals and guerrillas, political leaders and presidents.
In life, Colombia is a classist society with little social mobility. But in the Central Cemetery, rich and poor mix, common citizens lie near presidents, guerrillas near generals and revolutionaries near dictators.
|The tomb of astronomer Julio Garavito, and behind it that of a woman |
called the saint - or martyr - of the prostitutes.
|Garavito's tomb - and even some flowers - are painted blue to match the color of the 20,000 peso bill, which carries his image.|
|Believers ask Garavito for his blessing and aid. What would this man of science think of such superstitions?|
|Candles at Garavito's tomb.|
|A message of thanks to Garavito.|
|Flowers bedeck the tomb of presidential candidate Luis Carlos Galán, assassinated by Pablo Escobar in 1989.|
|Poet Jose Silva, who is on the 5,000 peso bill. His life was tragic and he was said to have been in love with his sister Elvira, who shares his tomb.|
|A Polish nationalist, whose hopes for a free homeland died while he was in Colombia, and who died soon after.|
|Asking Sr. Kopp for a favor.|
|A thank-you note for miracles granted by the Bavaria beer brewery founder.|
|A Catholic mass at the Jewish brewery founder's tomb.|
|One of the priests told me that he didn't believe in the Leo Kopp legend, but that it's a good place to do mass.|
|Kopp's ear - always open for believers.|
|One of the four Bodmer sisters, who died in infancy or childhood. This one is said to be pointing the way toward heaven for her sister who died the following day. Today, people leave the sisters tributes of flowers, candies and toys.|
|One Bodmer sister's hand, holding sweet gifts, |
points the way to heaven for her sister who died the day after.
|Asking favors of Jose Mercado, a union leader killed and murdered by the M-19 guerrillas.|
|A more real-life wish - a visitor promises a fallen communist leader that his philosophy will triumph.|
|This guy had just gotten out of jail, and came to the cemetery for unclear reasons. He seemed to be stoned on something. He's showing off his artwork.|
|The closest thing I've seen to a spirit. This woman was dressed for a video shoot.|
|This blind woman plays her accordeon at funerals in the cemetery.|
|An angel, with pigeons, overlooks the cemetery.|
|Candles for sale outside the cemetery.|