The symbol of the city, which is depicted on all postcards, is the Obelisk on Republic Square in the very center of the city. It was erected in just 4 weeks in honor of the 400th anniversary of Buenos Aires at the place where the Argentine flag was raised for the first time in the city, symbolizing the independence of the country. Today, this is a gathering place for citizens on various occasions: from concerts to the celebration of the victory of the Argentina national football team.
Near the Obelisk is the main opera and ballet theater in the country – Colon. Tickets for performances are sold out in six months, but not the most popular performances are usually available. Every day, tours of the theater building are given in Spanish and English.
The architecture of the capital is a variety of styles bordering on chaos. For example, the Palace of the National Congress on the square of the same name was built on the model of the Capitol in Washington in 1906. And the Pink House (Casa Rosada, Presidential Palace, Balcarce, 50) on May Square was designed in the Italian style. By the way, the residence of the President can also be viewed from the inside – on Saturdays and Sundays, one-hour tours of the halls are held here.
The locals explain the unusual color of the Presidential Palace with a legend that it was originally painted with lime mixed with the blood of bulls. It supposedly helped with destruction.
The Recoleta Cemetery (Junin 1760) was the burial site of the rich and famous members of high society. Each grave is a monument to human vanity. The most famous is the grave of Evita Peron, the wife of dictator Juan Peron. Entrance to the cemetery is free, and there are free guided tours in English on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00.
Not far from the cemetery is another symbol of the city – Florali Generica or “Iron Flower”. This is a huge metal flower, which was presented to the city by a Jewish philanthropist from Buenos Aires in 2002. Every morning at 8:00, its petals opened, and closed back at sunset.
The Palermo area is one of the city’s favorite vacation spots. There is a Japanese garden and a rose park with a lake and sports tracks. In Palermo Chico, you can see the mansions of the richest and most famous residents of Buenos Aires.
The National Museum of Art (Av. del Libertador 1473, admission free) exhibits paintings by local and foreign artists, while industrial architecture from the early 20th century can be seen at the Usina del Arte Cultural Center (Agustin R. Caffarena 1, 1157). It is located in the building of the power plant and is famous for its excellent acoustics. Tango, rock, jazz and classical operas are performed in the center’s symphony hall.
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- Visit the birthplace of Argentine tango – the La Boca area with the Caminito zone, San Martin Square and the Ricoleta cemetery.
- Plunge into the incendiary and exciting program of the tango show – El Viejo Almacen.
- Meet the dawn and drink mate on the banks of La Plata.
- Join the football movement and shout with the Boca Juniors fans on the Bombonera.
- Feel the local flavor and meet the gauchos at the Carnage Fair (Feria De Mataderos).
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Planetarium them. Galileo Galilei (Av. Sarmiento, s/n) is designed in the form of a ball and is surrounded by a flowering garden, here you can look at the starry sky through a powerful telescope, visit the space museum, and then sit by the pond with a fountain.
the botanical garden is considered one of the most elegant places in the city. Exotic plants are collected on the territory of 5 hectares, there are gazebos and curious sculptural compositions. In the same area, right next to the metro, there is a city zoo. There is a pond with catamarans, ancient buildings, artificial waterfalls, and many animals run freely in the park.
If you are not too lazy to drive 15 km towards the suburb of Tigre, take the children to the amusement park “De la Costa” (off. site). There are many attractions here, and you can also ride catamarans along the Parana River Delta and just admire nature. Traveling by rail with British-style stations will also be exciting.
Whoever is lucky with the climate is the people of Argentina. And although local meteorologists often warn of abnormal heat, there is nothing abnormal here, it is good here at any time of the year. Summer lasts from December to February, at which time it can be hot, but it is easy to escape under the air conditioners.
The Argentines tasted the last snowflake in July 2007. Before that, they had such happiness in 1928.
According to citypopulationreview.com, in winter, the temperature does not drop below zero. Abundant rains, terrible droughts, crazy snowfalls were almost never seen by the locals.