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Places to visit

Markets and Fleas

San Telmo's flea market is the most popular of all. It is held in Dorrego Square, the oldest square of the city after "Plaza de Mayo". The style of houses which surround the square -most of them recycled into elegant antique shops- can also be seen along Defensa Street.

The market can be visited on Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It has taken place since the early 60s. Every year its anniversary is celebrated on the week of November 11th -which coincides with the Buenos Aires week which commemorates the second funding of the city-. Colourful public festivities are held and all of San Telmo's market people take part.

In this open-air market you can find all sorts of antique goods, from ornaments of different kinds to rarities and works of art -paintings, sculptures, etc-.

On Saturdays and Sundays the handicraft fair in Parque Lezama and Intendente Alvear Square can be visited. On Sundays you can go to Mataderos handicraft and folk fair.

Shopping Centres

Florida Street and Santa Fe Avenue are the most crowded ones. The most luxurious boutiques are found in the Recoleta district. There are other peripheral commercial areas on Cabildo Av. -Belgrano district- and Avellaneda Av. -Flores district-.

Shopping Centres. In the last few years quite a number of modern shopping centres have been built: Patio Bullrich (750 Libertador Av.), Alto Palermo (Coronel Díaz Av. And Arenales St.), Galerías Pacífico (Florida St and Córdoba Av.), Paseo Alcorta (3172 Salguero St.), Solar de la Abadía (Luis María Campos Av and Maure St.), Buenos Aires Design (2501 Pueyrredón Av, Pilar Square) and Abasto de Buenos Aires (3247 Corrientes Av.).

Congress' Square

It indicates the starting point -0 km- of all national roads. There is a monument "A los dos Congresos" in front of our National Congress which houses the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies.

The Congress -of a remarkable architectural beauty- is steps away from Avenida de Mayo, where there still are wonderful buildings of varied styles. This avenue is part of the history of the city and also serves as a landmark of the significant influence of the numerous waves of immigrants that Buenos Aires had in the past centuries. One of the main groups of immigrants that came to these lands was Spanish and quite a number of cafés along Avenida de Mayo were chosen as leisure sites or, in times of the Spanish Civil War, were a breeding ground for ideological disputes.

The "Avenida de Mayo" starts in the "Plaza de Mayo" where the Government house - Pink House - is (Executive Power). This Avenue ends up in the National Congress (Legislative Power). The distance between both buildings is the length of the Avenida de Mayo -1500 mts. approx.- and these two buildings can be seen from both extremes of the square.

Plaza de Mayo

This square has also witnessed relevant events in the history of Buenos Aires city. Historical buildings such as the "Cabildo", the Cathedral, and the Pink House, surround it.

In the centre of this famous square there is the "Pirámide de Mayo", which was the first monument the city ever had.

Undoubtedly, this is the centre of the major popular congregations in the whole country. Here people manifest their support to the government, celebrate national festivities, protest and take part in political demonstrations or marches: the most famous one being the "Marcha de Madres de Plaza de Mayo" The mothers' claim for the disappearance of their children during the time of the military government (1976-1983).

Numerous motion pictures were filmed in this square, among them the controversial "Evita" directed by Alan Parker and starred by Madonna.

Manzana de las Luces

It is located two blocks away from "Plaza de Mayo" and a number of historical sites are found in this sector of the city: San Ignacio's Church - the city's oldest church - and tunnels which date from colonial times.

The "Manzana de Las Luces" (The Block of Light) is called that way because it was in this place where important institutions such as the "Tribunal de Protomedicato" (Protomedicato's Court), were found: its function was to sanction the rules and regulations pertaining medical practice. Another significant institution was the First Public Library. Nowadays this institution functions as a cultural and exhibition centre.

Puerto Madero

Between the financial "city" and the River Plate we can find Puerto Madero. It is a sector of old docks and warehouses which were completely recycled at the beginning of the 90s. Since then, this place has turned into a very popular leisure centre.

Puerto Madero has modern offices, luxurious international restaurants, cafés, cinemas, exhibition centre and a floating casino.

Built in the old section of Buenos Aires port, Puerto Madero is one of the major urban projects of the world. With its rebirth, the city has recovered its identity as a harbour city, a landmark of Buenos Aires forever.

Colón's Theatre

It is depicted as one of the most famous coliseums of the world with a magnificent repertoire of opera and ballet.

The Colón theatre is the pride of the "porteños" and it has been -and it still is- the scenario for the most exceptional -national and international- representatives of the lyrical expression.

Its dome of 21 mts. of diameter decorated by Raúl Soldi's frescoes is worth mentioning as a highlight of its singularly beautiful architecture

The Obelisk

It is the symbol of the city par excellence, located in the intersection of Corrientes Av. and 9 de Julio Av. This monument was erected to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the first funding of the city (1536).

The commercial area and the financial district

Pedestrian Florida street is an important commercial centre which prolongs itself from the "city" -the main financial area- to the "Sociedad Rural Argentina" and the famous tearoom Richmond.

Between Lavalle St. and 9 de Julio Av: we can find numerous movie theatres as well as fine restaurants where we can taste the delicious "asado" (barbecue).

Santa Fe Av: is also a commercial artery and exquisite hotels and mansions can be found near San Martín Square.

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