Landmarks The Plaza de Mayo – Argentina’s Most Famous Square
The Plaza de Mayo is as fundamental to Argentine political history as La Boca and homesick immigrants are to tango. The square is a political hub, financial and administrative center and throughout history has been a symbol of disaster, rebellion and hope.
In May 1810 the revolution began in what was then called the Plaza de la Victoria. Six years later... [Read more of this review]
Haunted Buenos Aires: Ghost Stories of the City
Buenos Aires is a lively metropolis but it has a spooky side. Parts of the city were constructed on top of old burial grounds, soldiers died on the streets of San Telmo while fighting the English, torture occurred in secret prisons during the Dirty War, and a central tourist attraction is a VIP cemetery.
While Argentina’s capital city has plenty... [Read more of this review]
Abasto Shopping — An Old-Time Market Turned Mall
Abasto, the huge art deco style complex in the neighborhood of the same name, is Buenos Aires largest shopping mall.
The mall’s distinguished façade along Corrientes Avenue features five huge leaded glass archways that are emblematic of the neighborhood, especially when lit in the evening. Inside, a huge atrium floods the building with natural light.... [Read more of this review]
The Munich Brewery/Humor Museum of Buenos Aires
Puerto Madero’s Humor Museum (MUHU) celebrates everything to do with Argentine humor with exhibitions featuring graphic and political art, comic strips and animation, shown in their small cinema.
The permanent collection spans almost two centuries of Argentine humor beginning with a 1834 lithograph series by César Hipólito Bacle, ‘Costumes... [Read more of this review]
Luna Park—Buenos Aires’ Historic Downtown Stadium
Luna Park, that art deco building downtown with the neon sign is Argentina’s answer to Madison Square Gardens and on any given Saturday night in Buenos Aires the 80-year old stadium still might be the place putting on the best show in town.
The Palacio de los Deportes, or ‘Sports Palace’, as it’s called is part of Buenos Aires’ history in... [Read more of this review]
El Ateneo Grand Splendid — South America’s Most Beautiful Bookstore
Buenos Aires is a city full of not-to-missed attractions. Among them is South America’s most opulent bookstore, El Ateneo Grand Splendid. This book lover’s palace located in the old Grand Splendid Theater retains all the decadence of an Italian opera house and is the ideal place to revel in Buenos Aires’ celebrated literary tradition.
photo: Philip... [Read more of this review]
Galería Mitre—Baroque Architecture on Florida St.
Galería Mitre, at Florida St. 343, with its Jesuit-inspired baroque style is one of the most ornate and unique buildings along downtown Buenos Aires’ pedestrian mall.
The unusual moldings of the building’s façade are inspired by indigenous art from the northern regions, where the Jesuits had many missions beginning in the 1580’s. The... [Read more of this review]
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