Cemetery notes and/or description: Panteón Civil de Dolores
Col. Bosque de Chapultepec Parque Nacional
Delegación Miguel Hidalgo
México, Distrito Federal CP 11100
Panteón Civil de Dolores was inaugurated in 1875. It is the largest cemetery in the country. The history of the cemetery goes back to 1870 when 2 million, 400 thousand square meters of land were acquired by Mrs. Dolores Murrieta de Galloso for the construction of a cemetery. Unfortunately she died 4 years later without seeing it to completion. However, the Galloso family continued with the project and on August 21, 1875 the Panteón Civil de Dolores (named in her honor) began to operate.
Within this cemetery is the location of one of the tributes the nation offers the men and women who have contributed to the history of our country: "La Rotonda de los Hombres Ilustres", conceived in 1875 by then President Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada, who decreed that it should be in this cemetery that a place be designated for the eternal rest of the Mexican illustrious men and heroes. “In this place of honor, the necessary land will be given free of charge to erect the monuments designed to guard the remains of or perpetuate the memory of the illustrious men who are decreed or for whom posthumous honors are decreed.”