The main emblem of the city.
The Obelisk of the City of Buenos Aires is a monument considered an icon of the city of Buenos Aires, built in 1936 to commemorate the fourth centenary of the foundation of the city. It is located in "Plaza de la República" (Republic Square), in the intersections of avenues Corrientes and 9 de Julio. It was declared National Historic Monument.
It is a pedestrian street with much history
It is composed of more than ten blocks with great shopping movement, with a significant variety of shopping arcades, retail stores, patisseries, book-shops and traditional cafés. Its history is as eclectic as the variety of architectonical styles that nowadays make it unique and remind of that combination of a past, which at the same time was aristocratic and popular. Florida Street was practically born with the City of Buenos Aires itself. In the early 1900' it became the major shopping area in the country. With a Parisian style, it exhibited goods imported from France and England, thus becoming the fashion center, thanks to great stores that resembled the European model, such as Harrod's, Gath & Chaves and Galería Güemes.
It is the old part of the City
It is characterized by its colonial buildings and its cobblestone streets. The attractions of this neighborhood include old churches, museums, antique stores and an antique fair, as well as craft and design stores. In San Telmo, you can also enjoy with street artists, musicians, dancers, puppeteers, magicians and human statues, as well as with activities related to Tango and to Candombe.
Scenario of important political events
It is located in the so-called "microcentro porteño" (Buenos Aires downtown), flanked by Hipólito Yrigoyen, Balcarce, Rivadavia and Bolívar streets, in the Monserrat neighborhood. The west side is the start of three main avenues: Presidente Julio A. Roca, Presidente Roque Sáenz Peña and Avenida de Mayo. Many of the main buildings and points of interest surround it: the historical Cabildo, the Casa Rosada (house of the Executive Power of the Argentine Nation), the Metropolitan Cathedral, the building of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires and the headquarters of Banco de la Nación Argentina (Bank of the Argentine Nation).
It is a tribute to the prominent women of Argentine history
Near the city center, the river view turn this neighborhood into one of the most exclusive of Buenos Aires. There are erected several standing residential towers, higher than 130 meters, such as Torres Renoir, which are higher than 170 meters, outstanding among the greatest in Argentina. Puerto Madero is considered the most expensive neighborhood in the City. The attractive "Puente de la Mujer" (Woman Bridge) also embellishes the neighborhood. It has a lighting system easing the sight of the view it offers. You can also visit the Fragata Presidente Sarmiento (Presidente Sarmiento Frigate), tied up in Dock 3, which is the Argentinian training ship, currently used as museum.
It is one of the most important lyric theatres worldwide
Colon Theatre is an opera house in the City of Buenos Aires. Upon its size, acoustics and trajectory, it is considered to be amongst the five best concert venues in the world. The construction started in 1889. It opened on 25 May 1908 with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi's Aida. The building is located opposite Lavalle Square, on a site once occupied by Ferrocarril Oeste's Plaza Parque Station, the terminal of the first railway line in Argentina. Towards the end of 2006 the Colon Theatre underwent a conservative refurbishment and technological modernization that brought back the original luster of the glory years, without altering its acoustics. It was reopened on 24 May 2010, as part of the celebrations for the Argentina Bicentennial.
A site that is traditional for its "conventillos" (tenement houses) painted in many colors
Caminito is a street museum and a traditional alley, of great cultural and touristic value, located in the neighborhood of La Boca of the City of Buenos Aires. The place acquired cultural significance after inspiring the music for the famous tango called "Caminito" (1926), composed by Juan de Dios Filiberto. In 1959 it officially became "museum street", fully pedestrian, with the name of "Caminito". Its shape follows the layout of an old railway track, which was later abandoned.
The fanciest neighborhood in town
It is a residential downtown neighborhood in the City of Buenos Aires; an area of great historical and architectonic interest, particularly due to the Cemetery located in there, an important touristic and cultural attraction. Together with the neighboring communities of Retiro and Palermo, Recoleta forms part of the area known as Barrio Norte, a place where traditionally live the wealthier sectors of society. Recoleta neighborhood is distinguished by its great cultural spaces. Besides its historical monuments, it is home to the "Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes" (Argentine National Fine Arts Museum", the "Biblioteca Nacional" (Argentine National Library), the "Cento Cultural Recoleta" (Recoleta Cultural Center) and other exhibition venues.