. Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and the second largest metropolitan area in South America, after Greater Sao Paulo. It is located on the western shore of the estuary of the Rio de la Plata, on the continent southeastern coast. The Greater Buenos Aires conurbation, which also includes several Buenos Aires Province districts, constitutes the third largest conurbation in Latin America, with a population of around fifteen and a half million.The city of Buenos Aires is neither part of Buenos Aires Province nor the Province capital rather, it is an autonomous district. In 1880, after decades of political infighting, Buenos Aires was federalised and removed from Buenos Aires Province. The city limits were enlarged to include the towns of Belgrano and Flores both are now neighborhoods of the city. The 1994 constitutional amendment granted the city autonomy, hence its formal name Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires (Autonomous City of Buenos Aires). Its citizens first elected a Chief of Government in 1996 before, the Mayor was directly appointed by the President of the Republic.
. Perhaps the most photographed building in Buenos Aires, the Casa Rosada is the main presence on the Plaza de Mayo. The Argentine president does not live here, contrary to what many tourists think, but she does work here. (She lives in a mansion in Los Olivos, a suburb north of the city.) It is from a balcony of the north wing of this building that eva Peron addressed adoring crowds. Hoping for star quality glamour, former President Carlos Menem allowed Madonna to use it for the 1996 movie evita, to the shock of many Portenos. Most Argentines, however, associate the balcony with the announcement of military dictator Leopoldo Galtieri ill fated war in 1982 against the United Kingdom over the Falkland Islands, known here as the Islas Malvinas. Girl power aside, the color pink has nothing to do with the female president. Two theories explain the color. One is political At the time of its construction in the late 1800s, two warring parties, one represented by the color red, the other by white, are said to have created a truce by painting the building a color combining both shades. The other, rather revolting theory is more practical In days past, the building was painted with cow blood that later dried in the sun to a deep pink color. At night, hot pink floodlights now also illuminate the building.
. The Teatro Colon, in the City of Buenos Aires, is considered one of the best theaters in the world. Acknowledged for its acoustics and the artistic value of its construction, it turned 100 years in 2008. It underwent a major renovation that took three years and $100 million to complete, and it reopened in May of 2010.
Plaza de Mayo
. The center of Buenos Aires is as important today as it was in the past. All of Argentina signature institutions have a home here, and the accompanying weekday hustle and bustle is worth seeing. On the weekends, it is a different feeling, often featuring an element of Argentina active democracy.It is probably the most important plaza in Buenos Aires reflecting the glory but also the horrifying times in the history of Argentina.It is probably the most important plaza in Buenos Aires reflecting the glory but also the horrifying times in the history of Argentina.Its origins can be traced to the foundation of Buenos Aires by Juan de Garay in 1580 who reserved this area for a future development of the Ciudad de Nuestra Senora Santa Maria del Buen Ayre (as originally the settlement was named).early plans did not materialize and the area became a ground for a large Jesuits compound.
. La Boca is famously the place to find two attractions which most, if not all, visitors to Buenos Aires will want to see the futbol stadium La Bombonera, and Caminito, the colorful artists street by the water. Hows your Spanish.even beginners should know that la boca means the mouth in english. The barrio of La Boca is so named because it is situated at the mouth of the river that runs along the capital federals southern border the Riachuelo. This proximity to the river is in fact the reason for La Bocas existence the barrio used to consist solely of shipyards and of the houses of people who worked in them. The houses were built with cast off ship building materials, meaning that they were largely constructed of materials such as planks, sheet metal and corrugated iron.Today La Boca remains a rough, working class and downbeat neighborhood, despites the hordes of tourists who descend upon its attractions every weekend and most weekdays too.
La Recoleta Cemetery
. La Recoleta Cemetery is a famous cemetery located in the exclusive Recoleta neighbourhood of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It contains the graves of some of the most important Argentines, including eva Peron, Raul Alfonsin, and several presidents of Argentina.The entrance to the cemetery is through neo classical gates with tall Greek columns. The cemetery contains many elaborate marble mausoleums, decorated with statues, in a wide variety of architectural styles. The entire cemetery is laid out in sections like city blocks, with wide tree lined main walkways branching into sidewalks filled with mausoleums.While many of the mausoleums are in fine shape and well maintained, others have fallen into disrepair.Several can be found with broken glass and littered with rubbish. Among many memorials are works by notable Argentine sculptors. The tomb of Liliana Crociati de Szaszak is of special interest.
. Malba is a neighborhood in north central Queens, bounded to the north by the east River (Powell Cove), to the east by the Whitestone expressway, to the south by 15th Avenue, and to the west by 138th Street. Its name is derived from the first letters of the surnames of the five founders, all residents of New Haven, Connecticut George A. Maycock, Samuel R. Avis, George W. Lewis, Nobel P. Bishop, and David R. Alling. The land was acquired in 1883 by William Ziegler, president or the Royal Baking Powder Company a subsidiary, the Realty Trust Company, developed 163 acres in 1908 for wealthy boaters and fishermen, and in the same year railroad service was extended. There were thirteen houses by the time of the First World War and more than a hundred were built in the 1920s. The railroad station closed in 1932. In the mid 1990s Malba had about four hundred houses, ranging in value from $500,000 to $1 million a group of homeowners, the Malba Association, attends to the interests or the neighborhood.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
. The world largest collection of Argentine art is contained in this neoclassical wine colored building. It also houses many lesser works by big name european artists from the 12th through 20th centuries and hosts several high profile temporary exhibitions per year.Since 2010, alternating parts of the museum have been shut for renovation. At this writing, the european collection and 19th century Argentine works are on display in the 24 ground floor galleries the upper floor, currently closed, will eventually hold the 20th century collection.War and peace. Candido Lopez painted the panoramic battle scenes with his left hand after losing his right arm in the 1870s during the War of the Triple Alliance. His work spearheaded contemporary primitive painting and is showcased in Gallery 23. Local master eduardo Sivoris tranquil landscapes (in Gallery 24) portray less turbulent times.
. Among the most impressive buildings in Buenos Aires, and once the tallest in South America, this oddly decorated building with a central tower is a showstopper among all those on Avenida de Mayo. Its eclectic design can be called many things, among them Art Nouveau, neo Gothic, neo Romantic, and Asian Indian revival. The design of the building is based on Dante Alighieri Divine Comedy. Opened in 1923, it was the work of eccentric Italian architect Mario Palanti, who used largely materials imported from his home country. Palanti was part of a movement of architects who believed that europe would suffer another great apocalypse, and that South America would be the only place where architecture would survive. The building entrance is supposed to be Hell, and the patterned medallions on the floor here simulate fire. The interior gallery at this level is decorated with grotesque dragons, and if you look closely, you will notice that those on the east side are smaller and female, those on the west are male. Floors 1 through 14 represent Purgatory and 15 to 22 represent Heaven. The interior is significantly less interesting than the exterior and lobby. However, tours take you to the rooftop lighthouse, meant to represent God and Salvation. The views up and down Avenida de Mayo, and especially to Congreso, are unparalleled. The building is also designed so that at 745pm on July 9, Argentine Independence Day, the Southern Cross directly lines up over the tower. On the 25th of every month, the lighthouse is turned on and on Friday nights, there is a special tour with wine tasting, called extraordinary Nights.
Obelisco de Buenos Aires
. The Obelisk has been a popular landmark and celebratory gathering place since it was built in 1936 to mark the spot where the nations flag was first flown. The Obelisco de Buenos Aires (Obelisk of Buenos Aires) is a national historic monument and icon of Buenos Aires. Located in the Plaza de la Republica, in the intersection of avenues Corrientes and 9 de Julio, it was built to commemorate the fourth centenary of the first foundation of the city.In order to enrich the surroundings of the iconic monument, the government of the city started the project Punto Obelisco, creating a zone full of LeD signs. Since the Obelisk of the city is always associated with the night and entertainment of Buenos Aires, this project creates a zone similar to Times Square in New York and Piccadilly Circus in London.
Fortabat Art Collection
. Opened in 2008, this art gallery, that refuses to call itself a museum, is part of Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat private collection and shows one of the most important permanent exhibits of argentine art in town.The most famous local painters, such as Antonio Berni and Xul Solar, are well represented, especially in the Landscapes, the City and tradition section. Apart from that, there are a few important pieces from north american and european artists. The most famous is William Turner Juliet and her nurse. Also, the collection owner one of the wealthiest women in the country, who until recently owned the largest cement factory in Argentina was portraited by Andy Wahrol, and it can be seen there.In the upper floor, there a small but impressive collection of antique, mostly egytpian, artifacts.The building is an attraction in itself it was made by a famous uruguayan architect and has a glass and steel ceiling that moves to allow the visitor the best possible light and beautiful views from Puerto Madero yatch club area.
Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral
. The Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral is an iconic and historically important structure in the center of the capital city. Visiting this cathedral is one of the best things to do if you enjoy taking a glimpse into local culture and history. The church is located in the central part of the city near Plaza de Mayo.The San Martin de Tours chapel on the left sector houses the monument to Archbishop Leon Federico Aneiros, a work by sculptor Victor de Pol, made of Carrara marble and stone with the priest kneeling at the center. The fourteen paintings of the Via Crucis were made by Italian Francesco Domenighini, and were originally housed by the Pilar church. The floor was designed in 1907 by Italian Carlo Morra and made in england in Venetian mosaic.
Parque Tres de Febrero
. The park is not only an attraction in itself, but contains many of the popular visitor sites in Buenos Aires like the Rosedal, the Galilieo Galilei Planetarium, the eduardo Sivori Plastic Arts Museum, and is only a stones throw away from Plaza Italia, the Japanese Garden, Zoo, and the Botanical Gardens. Designed with the help of prominent French landscape designer Carlos Thays, the park was first inaugurated in 1875 and has since provided portenos a place to exercise, relax, picnic, and play for over a century. As the Central Park of Buenos Aires, the Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Woods) encompasses an impressive 198 acres on the northwest side of the city. Besides expansive green lawns dotted with everything from pine trees to palms, the park contains two manmade lakes, sculptures, rose gardens, and both running and biking paths, enclosing much of the Parque 3 de Febrero, the largest individual park within the Palermo Woods.
. The beloved Boca Juniors soccer team plays its games at Alberto J Armando stadium, affectionately known as La Bombonera (Spanish for the Chocolate Box). It has a capacity of 49,000 and is known for vibrating when fans start getting too antsy either from happiness or disgust and start jumping in rhythm.A behind the scenes tour of the stadium is a fascinating look at the sport that that most Argentines live and die by and the Buenos Aires soccer team that was founded in 1905 by five boys living in La Boca neighborhood.Visit the interactive Museo de la Pasion Boquense, the first soccer museum in the Americas, and walk out on to the famous soccer field pitch, where you can close your eyes and imagine the roar of the passionate crowd.
. Filled with Tiffany lamps, towering columns, and marble topped tables. this art nouveau hangout has charm to spare. While you may have to wait in a line outside, depending on the time of day, it will be worth it to knock back an espresso or sip a submarino, the local version of hot chocolate. Nibble on one of the dozens of different sandwiches or fork in one of the exquisite pastries and contemplate that you may well be sitting in the same seat that a former president, a renowned tango singer, or a world famous artist or writer occupied many a time before. It a place and time out of the past, and thankfully well preserved. Reservations are a must during the dinner hour tango show.
. Spending a Sunday in and around Plaza Dorrego is one of the few things that ranks as a must do sightseeing attraction for visitors to Buenos Aires. On the seventh day of the week, when the rest of the city is resting, the city closes much of neighboring Defensa street to traffic, and this part of San Telmo explodes into a mass of around 8,000 people, locals and tourists alike. They come to peruse antiques and knick knacks, watch the outdoor tango dancing and other performers, sit for a coffee or beer outside a classic old cafe, or just aimlessly wander around the interesting chaos. This, more or less, is the Plaza Dorrego Sunday market, also known as the Feria de San Telmo.A lively fair with performers and street vendors takes place every Sunday at the second oldest square in the city.
. The enormous metal flower blooms anew each day in a pool of water next to the National Museum of Fine Arts, revealing four long stamens inside. Its six 13 meter long petals open, which takes about 20 minutes, at eight in the morning and slowly close again at sunset, mimicking the actions of a real flower. When the petals are closed, the 18 ton flower is 75 feet tall and 52 feet wide, and when blossomed this amazing man made flora is an incredible 105 feet wide.According to their mentor, the name of the work was adopted because it is the law of flora species in its Latin name. Floralis, means that part of the flora, and consequently the flowers. Generic, meanwhile, derives from the concept of gender,indicating that represents all the flowers.The completion of the work took two and half years and had an estimated total cost ranges between 4.5 and 6 million dollars. Its operation will cost 12 thousand pesos monthly.
Buenos Aires Cabildo
. As many of the things we believe we know, the Cabildo (that white building standing at one end of Mayo Square, we Argentinian citizens have seen so many times in postcards, lithographs and history books) hides much more than what it shows and has a history to tell.As we came close to the access gate through the outdoor gallery full of arches, we thought we would see something we already knew after having seen this building so many times. But we would be surprised more than once. The first thing that caught our attention as we had a look at the original eighteenth century stocks at the entrance was to learn that, at the time of the Revolution and long afterwards, the building would house the prison of the City of Buenos Aires.The law of the time made a difference between white, black and natives. The prisoners would be arrested and tortured according to the regulations in force until practically the end of the Nineteenth century. In those days, the aim was not to separate a dangerous element from the rest of the city in order to re educate them, but to give a terrible and evident example to the rest of the population as a threat for those who might be planning to commit crimes in the future.
Buenos Aires Zoo
. Architecture, nature and science are combined to generate a unique space in the city. One tour with many attractions.No matter if they grew up in the city or just paid a visit to it, there are very few kids who have missed a tour around the Buenos Aires Zoo. For those who have known it for years, any excuse is good to discover its magic again. Children always find something new to see. Just like many other people, we had visited the zoo in the past. Many more times, we got past its front gate at Italia Square. This time, we resolved to make a stop and entered this land of childhood. Going through the ticket office is a journey back in time to a place where there is no noise and everything is quiet, green and open a whole new world.People visit Buenos Aires for many reasons. The pseudo euro culture, the food and wine, the tango, but few ever realize that nestled between the Jardin Botanico and the Bosques Palermo sits a small city zoo with a long history.
Puente de la Mujer
. The Puente de la Mujer is a unique pedestrian bridge located in the Puerto Madero district of Buenos Aires, Argentina. The name Puente de la Mujer is Spanish for Bridge of the Woman. Designed by Santiago Calatrava in 2001, the bridge is meant to represent a couple dancing Tango, mimicking the movement of a man leaning over a woman. This, coupled with the fact that the surrounding streets have primarily female names, gives the bridge its name. Puerto Madero is one of the only places in the city where you can see and enjoy the river. So head down to the restored docks on a beautiful day, and experience the bridge for yourself! If youd like to see how it opens, you could wait around until a ship shows up, but that could be a long while (Puerto Madero is not the citys functioning port, see below) why not just watch a video of the bridge open! It is particularly lovely all lit up at night, or on a windy day, with the brackish river water rippling below.
Costanera Sur ecological Reserve
. The incessant noise of Buenos Aires can wear down even the strongest minded person. A break from this endless motion is good for both the body and the soul. Wedged between the throbbing city and the murky river which stretches across to Uruguay, lies an ecological reserve. In the most unlikely of places, it provides a haven of safety and peace for residents, but more importantly, for animals who would otherwise not exist amongst the chaos.This reserve lies on the waterfront of the Rio Plata near downtown Buenos Aires. It is easy to access from all the important hotels in downtown Buenos Aires. In winter it is possible to count up to 80 species and this rises to 110 in summer.All the major paths are good for birding, and if there is water in the lowland areas, the wide sidewalk along the street outside the park boundary provides excellent views as well, even when the park is closed. Of especial interest are some popular picnic areas on the east edge next to the river, where birds are especially dense. These are accessed via small side roads that drop down from the main pathway on the east side.
. This elizabethan style clock tower, which some call the Argentine Big Ben, was a gift from the British community of Buenos Aires after building the nearby Retiro railroad station complex. At the turn of the 20th century, Argentina had vast natural resources such as grain and cattle waiting to be exploited, but it was the British empire that had the investment capability and technology to create Retiro and connect Buenos Aires to its hinterlands to get products to markets overseas. This, however, was always a sore point, and for years, many Argentines felt exploited by Great Britain. The tower was renamed the Torre Monumental, in response to the very common post Islas Malvinas/Falkland Islands War trend of renaming anything associated with Great Britain, yet nearly all locals still call it the British Clock Tower. The monument survived the war unscathed, but a few years later, during an anniversary memorial service, an angry mob attacked it. They destroyed portions of the base and also toppled a statue of George Canning, the first British diplomat to recognize the country independence from Spain. (He has been moved to a public park bound by Republica de Libano, Libertador and Agote, near the British Ambassador Residence.) The Islas Malvinas Falkland Islands War Memorial was purposely placed across the street as a permanent reminder of Britain battle with Argentina. There is little to see inside the monument itself, save for a small museum of photographs. The main attraction here is the view A free elevator ride will take you to the top floor with its wraparound view of the port, the trains, and the city of Buenos Aires itself. There is also a small Buenos Aires city tourism information center inside.
. The garden is features three different landscape styles mixed, symmetric, and picturesque within three distinct gardens the Roman, French and Oriental gardensThey each feature styles that are appropriate to that type of garden as well as plants and trees from that area There are several monuments and other structures that are worth a gander while strolling the grounds.There is a Municipal Gardening School linked to the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Agronomy. There is also a well stocked Botanic Library and a Botanical Museum.The most striking aspect of the northern barrios (Retiro, Recoleta, Palermo), especially in comparison with their less affluent southern counterparts, is the number of beautiful parks and green spaces. One of the most remarkable is the Carlos Thays Botanical Garden in Palermo.
Centro Cultural Recoleta
. Next to the famed Recoleta Cemetery (final resting place of eva Peron) stands an arts center with permanent and touring exhibits that also features theatrical and musical performances. Its first floor houses the kid interactive Museo Participativo de Ciencias, where youngsters can wander on their own.The Recoleta Cultural Centre (in Spanish Centro Cultural Recoleta) is an exhibition and cultural events centre located in the barrio of Recoleta, Buenos Aires, Argentina. It holds sculptures and exhibitions, as well as concerts and artistic presentations and workshops of diverse types. in September/October 2006 it held the wildly successful onedotzero festival attracting over 20,000 people in 3 days for installations, live performances, screenings and music.
. Congreso is a musical band from Chile. Founded in 1969 in Quilpue, it is a highly acclaimed band with over 40 years of experience fusioning and developing Latin American music.Began their career in the late 1960s linked to New Chilean Song movement, however with the advent of the military dictatorship and cultural constraints of the time, added to the great instrumental vocation of its members, they evolved into a progressive rock style, and then to a fusion sound that incorporated elements also from jazz fusion, contemporary music, pop music, and world music, in a style named by them as The New Latinamerican Music.It is one of the most important bands in the history of the Chilean music, both for his refined musical compositions with lyrics of social and ethnic content, as well as by the good reception of the national and international public and critics. Formed together with Los Jaivas and Los Blops, is one of the cornerstones in the new Chilean progressive sound and the 'Chilenization of Rock' between the mid 60 and early 70.
. The Illuminated Block ?s ? historical landmark ?n the Monserrat neighbourhood ?f Buenos Aires, Argentina.If you are looking for Illuminated Block travel information, expedia has you covered. When visiting Buenos Aires, expedia can provide you with extensive Illuminated Block information, as well as great savings on nearby hotels and flights! Let expedia help inspire your next travel plans!If you are looking to discover Buenos Aires, Argentina, leave plenty of time for sightseeing tours you would not want to miss out on top attractions like Illuminated Block! And before you go, make sure to read expedia Illuminated Block sightseeing & tourist guide, filled with all you need to know for the best Illuminated Block experience possible.
. Every great city needs a little green it needs lungs to purify the air and to allow us to relax. Buenos Aires has various places where we can go to disconnect, including the Tres de Febrero Park with its plazas, the Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Woods), los Lagos de Palermo (Palermo Lakes), the Planetarium and the Japanese Garden.A tranquil Zen garden complete with fish ponds and an arched bridge even offers a traditional tea house.It is obvious the gardens were designed with care, the trees isolate you from the city making it difficult to see most of the nearby skyscrapers and blocking out noise from the streets. The garden contains a large artificial lake full of friendly goldfish (carp) which will swim toward any person near the water and beg for food. Leave behind the frantic bustle of Buenos Aires by visiting the most peaceful place in the city the Japanese Gardens. explore the winding pathways, peaceful reflecting pools and serene statues of one of the biggest Japanese gardens in the world.
. Large Buenos Aires shopping mall fashioned after Milan Gallerie Vittorio emanuele shopping center.Upscale shops line the three levels of this beautiful building, designed during the city turn of the 20th century golden age. Stores are organized along four glass roofed passages, which branch out in a cross from the central stairwell the cupola above it is decorated by five Argentine greats, including muralist Antonio Berni. Top local, polo inspired, menswear brands etiqueta Negra and La Martina have large stores, while Jazmin Chebar, Ona Saez, and Vitamina collections are aimed at younger women. Check out Janet Wise and Las Oreiro for more sophisticated looks among international brands such as Chanel and Christian Lacroix. For a respite from the retail, head down to the basements bustling food court or up to the second floor, where the Centro Cultural Borges stages tango shows and hosts small art exhibitions that feature international stars like Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali.
Feria de San Telmo
. The Feria de San Telmo is one of the most notable and popular events that takes place in Buenos Aires. Nestled in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, the San Telmo Fair is bustling with unique artisans and antiques every Sunday.The heart of the antique wares are congregated around Plaza Dorrego but the entire outdoor market stretches down 13 blocks of the cobblestone Defensa Street and off onto a few side lanes. From 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. Defensa Street is completely pedestrian and packed with entertainers jockeying for attention and an international array of street vendors who display their goods on the pavement. The offerings include antiquities from Argentinas glory days, original art, funky clothing, homemade snacks, and pretty much whatever else someone can think to slap with a price tag.
Piramide de Mayo
. The Piramide de Mayo english May Pyramid, located at the hub of the Plaza de Mayo, is the oldest national monument in the City of Buenos Aires. Its construction was ordered in 1811 by the Primera Junta to celebrate the first anniversary of the May Revolution. It was renovated in 1856, under the direction of Prilidiano Pueyrredon. In 1912, after having undergone many modifications, it was moved 63 metres (68.9 yards) to the east, with the idea that a much larger monument would eventually be constructed around it.
. Congressional Plaza is a public park facing the Argentine Congress in Buenos Aires. The plaza is part of a 3 hectare (7.5 acre) open space comprising three adjoining plazas to the east of the Congress building. The Kilometre Zero for all Argentine National Highways is marked on a milestone at the Plaza.Facing Congress, Congressional Plaza itself is dominated by the Monument to the Two Congresses, the work of Belgian sculptor Jules Lagae set on a Neoclassical esplanade designed by his fellow countryman, architect Henri Huicque, and completed in 1914. It was named in honor of the Constitutional Assembly of 1813, the first local attempt to create national law, and the Congress of Tucuman of 1816, which declared Independence from the Spanish empire, and many locals refer to the plaza by that name. The monument centerpiece, the Allegory of the Republic, and the remaining bronze allegories are set entirely in stone from Nancy, France. The monument is also known for its adjoining terraced fountain and its bronze Neptunes, the scene of light shows and the accompanying music by George Gershwin and Jacques Offenbach, early in the 20th century.
Galileo Galilei planetarium
. This planetarium works in a planet shaped building, finished in 1966 by architecht enrique Jan. Its dome has 20 mts wide. A projector system and laser device pointing the dome give shows about the Universe formation, with exhibits of 8900 stars, constellations and nebulous.The planetarium (Zeiss Model M V) itself is located in the centre, it has over 100 projectors and is approximately 5 metres (16 ft) in height and 2.5 tons in weight. It consists of a cylindrical framework with independent projectors for the Moon, the Sun and the visible planets (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn) and two spheres in the extremes that project 8,900 stars, constellations and nebulas.
ARA Presidente Sarmiento
. Bautizada en 1897 en honor al fundador de la escuela Naval Argentina, Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, la Fragata ARA Presidente Sarmiento fue utilizada como el primer buque escuela moderno de la armada argentina.This was the first ship designed for training purposes. It was built in an english shipyard by request of the Argentinean Navy. It measures 85 meters (230 feet) long and 13.5 meters (44 feet) wide with three masts, thirty five sails and a beautiful figurehead representing the Argentine Republic on the bowsprit. The ship name is a tribute to the founder of the Navy Academy. It set sail from Buenos Aires on January 12, 1899 and it ended its inaugural voyage on September 1900, after having navigated 90,750 kilometers (49,000 nautical miles). Now, along with the Corvette Uruguay, it functions as the Museum of Sea Navigation.
Plaza de la Republica
. Located in the downtown area, the plaza features a gazebo and mango trees in traditional Mexican style.The neighbourhoods around the plaza, including Tabacalera, are quiet, leafy and residential, if sometimes slightly seamy, as there is a small but mostly innocuous red light district on Mariscal. The high concentration of cheap hotels makes this area a long time favourite of budget travellers, and there are plenty of good street food stalls too, with sizzling offerings that draw droves of office workers at lunch time.Three blocks north of the plaza, Puente de Alvarado runs east towards Alameda Central, soon changing its name to Hidalgo. It is the site of many bustling market stalls and the Revolucion metro stop. Nearby, the Museo de San Carlos, is in a 19th century palace, with fine Mexican colonial paintings and a first class collection of european paintings. It was the home of Senora Calderon de la Barca who wrote Life in Mexico while living there.
. Weve all heard about the kids who beg their parents for a trip to Disneyland. Perhaps you even were one of those kids. What you dont often hear, though, are stories about children begging to be taken to a theme park all about Jesus.Mummy, I want to go and see Christ turn water into wine! I want to see him betrayed and I want to see him denied three times! I wanna wanna wanna!Still, someone in Buenos Aires thought a theme park dedicated to the stories of The Bible was a good idea and so Tierra Santa was born. Again. Ok, no, just once, sorry.There are no rollercoasters, no log rides, no ferris wheels or fairy floss at Tierra Santa. There is a carousel with manger animals but, other than that, the attractions are all about the life of Jesus. The entire theme park has been made into ye olde biblical village, designed to make visitors feel as if they have been transported back to the time of the New Testament. even the staff are dressed as Roman soldiers or peasant women. Peasant women with mobile phones, apparently.
National Library of the Argentine Republic
. This huge, modern National Library stores a massive volume of books and offers a spectacular view of Buenos Aires from its reading rooms on the top two stories.The National Library of the Argentine Republic (Spanish Biblioteca Nacional de la Republica Argentina) is the largest library in Argentina and one of the most important in the Americas.It is located in the barrio of Recoleta in Buenos Aires.When Buenos Aires became the capital of the Republic, the Public Library of Buenos Aires became the National Library and Antonio Wilde was appointed as its director. Wildes tenure did not last long due to his old age and death after a sudden illness. Paul Groussac followed his directorship. Groussac created a methodical classification system based on Brunets bibliographic model, undertook the cataloging of the manuscript collection, and published two remarkable journals La Biblioteca, being one of the most prestigious literary journals, and Los Anales de la Biblioteca.
The Water Company Palace
. The building was designed as a water pumping station in 1877 by Swedish Argentine architect Carlos Nystromer, and completed in 1894. It was commissioned, in part, to replace the unsightly water tower on Lorea Plaza (in what today is Congressional Plaza). Occupying a city block at the northern end of the city Balvanera section, the Cordoba Avenue landmark still functions as a pumping station. The French renaissance palace was covered in over 300,000 glazed, multi color terra cotta tiles imported from the renowned British ceramics maker, Royal Doulton. It features a tin mansard roof, and is emblazoned with escutcheons representing the 14 Argentine provinces, at the time.The building entrance is graced by two caryatids, and the property, by landscaped gardens that includea bust created by Norwegian sculptor Olaf Boye in honor of engineer Guillermo Villanueva, the first Director of the Buenos Aires Water Supply and Drainage Company Limited, the then British owned municipal water works inaugurated in 1869.