Necrotourism in Mexico: a spiritual journey with the ancestors

During a visit to the city of San Luis Potosí, in Mexico, we had the opportunity to take a scenic night tour in the Municipal Pantheon of Saucito, which has horror legends about the characters that rest there

Cemeteries have always been surrounded by myths and legends, that is, supernatural stories that give cemeteries a touch of mystery. Despite this, due to the tradition and history that some cemeteries in the world have, they have become a tourist attraction or an environment for necrotourism.

During a visit to the city of San Luis Potosí, in Mexico, we had the opportunity to take a scenic night tour in the Municipal Pantheon of Saucito, which has an infinity of horror legends, among which the following stand out: the death of the seven altars , which is very tragic and tells that on a lonely night in front of the pantheon, a woman dressed in black and with her face covered got out of a taxi in front of the cemetery, and began her pilgrimage.

Returning to our tour of the site, lighting, sound and characters from beyond the grave appear in the main funerary monuments of the pantheon, where the remains of those people who are still present in the memory of the living rest.

Some of the funerary monuments are quite sumptuous, and it is not for less; in some rest the remains of illustrious and renowned personalities in San Luis Potosí, as well as wealthy families.

As we walked through each of the graves, the characters that appeared “made our hair stand on end”, and the fact is that the night was increasingly dark, especially because of that strong link it has with death.

According to the Municipal Culture Directorate of San Luis Potosí, this tour “not suitable for the nervous” creates a bond between the ancestral cultures that venerated those who have left, leaving unforgettable memories.

It is a cultural and now tourist place, which has characterized the Mexican tradition. As we progress, the scenes become increasingly dark, at first glance it seems very real, where the deceased depart in the day, to reveal the gloomy and detailed immensity of the distinctive architecture of each mausoleum or tomb.

Part of the infrastructure seeks to emulate Gothic and Romanesque architecture, including even chapels with very specific details in marble. Its handles and low reliefs are also an example of the inspiration in a certain style.

More than a century of history

This cemetery, 133 years old, is one of the oldest in the entity. In its beginnings, the land was completely empty, but over time mortuary spaces were included, until it was inaugurated on September 16, 1889, as part of the commemorative events of the celebration of the XCVII anniversary of the independence of Mexico, but it was not until October 12 of that same year that it opened its doors.

According to the Municipality of San Luis Potosí, the cemetery had a central corridor on whose sides the first class were buried. In this part the main mausoleums and tombs of fine marble are located. The spatial arrangement of the lots was ordered in relation to this corridor, since the blocks, located on the sides, corresponded to second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth class. Due to the fact of belonging to this social category, the remains of their graves do not exist now, because in addition to the fact that they were surely very simple, most of the corpses were exhumed because they were not in perpetuity.

Characters

One of the most important mausoleums in the Saucito cemetery is that of the Verástegui family, which is a funerary chapel built in marble, mosaic quarry and iron.

Another very famous tomb is that of Juan del Jarro, whose real name was Juan de Dios Azíos, a character to whom the quality of predicting the future was attributed; he passed away in the year 1859.

A character that could not be missing is ‘the Enluted Lady’ (The one who arrived in the taxi in the theatrical scene), who many say they have seen, but her name is unknown, as well as where she is in the cemetery.

In the same way is the crypt of the Ipiña family. It has a cross, a palm obelisk and some details that refer to eternity. Other families that are part of the deceased population are that of Salvador Nava, the Paulet girl, former Governor Carlos Diez Gutiérrez, the family of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Freemasons.

So if you like fiction and paranormal stories, you have to visit San Luis Potosí on your next trip to enjoy this night tour, full of surprises, history and culture.

Necrotourism in Mexico: a spiritual journey with the ancestors