Welcome to Buenos Aires, the city of contrasts and entwined stories, where popular culture coexists with sophistication, and traditional moods with modernity, turning it into a city is full of life and intensity. Today we’ve designed an itinerary by Buenos Aires centric zone’s most iconic and historical landmarks, which are quite close, allowing to plan a one day tour, we hope you enjoy our selection!
Regarded as one of the finest theatres in the world, renowned for its acoustics and the artistic value of its construction. Was inaugurated on May 25th 1908 with a performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s Aïda. The list of artists who have performed in the legendary theatre is immense. If you are wishing to learn more about it, you may book a guided tour, available every day from 9.00am to 5.00pm.
The 67.5-metre high Obelisk of Buenos Aires stands at the intersection of two of the city’s most important streets: Avenida Corrientes and Avenida 9 de Julio. The monument was erected in 1936 to commemorate the first foundation of the city, and marks the spot where the Argentine national flag was raised for the first time. Inside the structure, there is a ladder leading up to the viewing platform (closed to the public).
Rodolfo Rivarola Passage
Rodolfo Rivarola Passage, is probably one of the most peculiar streets in the city, since it is absolutely symmetrical as regards its constructions on both paths. The passage has a twin brother in Paris, and in both cases the length is only one block. Its construction began in 1924.
The Barolo Palace is a landmark office building that hides a number of curious architectural references to classical poet Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy. This eclectical bulding, inaugurated in 1923, topped by a lighthouse and with 100m heigh, was the tallest in South America until the construction of the Kavanagh building, in 1935. It has a sister building in Montevideo, across the Rio de la Plata River, called Salvo Palace. A private operator runs guided tours to visit the building.
Café Tortoni is the oldest and perhaps best preserved of the city’s historic cafés. Founded in 1858, this elegant café was frequented by politicians, writers such as Jorge Luis Borges and Julio Cortázar, and the singer Carlos Gardel. Order a coffee with “medialunas” or chocolate with “churros” and soak up the atmosphere. The café also hosts evening jazz and tango shows.
Plaza de Mayo
The Plaza de Mayo is the oldest public square in Buenos aires, and has been the scene of many of the most important events in the city’s history, from the second founding of the city in 1580, through the revolution of independence, to more recent political demonstrations. Around the square are several important buildings: the Cabildo, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the Casa Rosada.
The Casa Rosada – Pink House – is the seat of the Argentine National Government and houses the President’s office. Guided Tours are available on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays; from 10.00am to 5.30pm in Spanish; at 2.30pm in English.
The Cabildo de Buenos Aires was the site of Spain’s colonial administration in the city. Originally constructed in 1580, the current building was constructed over the second half of the 18th century, witnessed the Argentine Revolution in 1810. The building now houses the National Museum of the Cabildo and the May Revolution.
The Metropolitan Cathedral is the Catholic Church’s main site in Argentina, and is where Pope Francis, used to perform mass before assuming office in the Vatican in 2013. The Cathedral now houses the Pope Francis Museum, which exhibits some of his personal and liturgical objects.
Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK)
The Centro Cultural Kirchner (CCK) is the largest cultural centre in Latin America and the third largest in the world. It occupies the entire building of the former central post and telegraph office, one of the city’s most important historic buildings and an outstanding example of French second empire architecture. There is a regular programme of free concerts, shows and exhibitions, plus guided tours of the centre.
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