Plaza de Mayo, Goverment House, el Cabildo The Cathedral, etc., Buenos Aires

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    Not So Pink After All

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 21, 2005

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    A Partial 'Side' View of Casa Rosada

    Favorite thing: The Presidential Palace, the Casa Rosada (or Pink House) derives it's name from it's pink exterior facing onto the Plaza de Mayo.

    There are two theories as to how the 'Pink House' came to receive it's frontal colour scheme. One is that the pink colour was a compromise by President Sarmiento during his term in office (1868-1874) to placate the opposing interests of the two main political factions in Argentina at that time, the Federalists and the Unitarists. Following independence from Spain, the country had for decades been divided between the 'red' Federalists (the local 'strongmen' of the outlying territories) who favoured regional autonomy and the 'white' Unitarists of Buenos Aires who favoured strong ties with Europe. To keep the 'reds' and 'whites' happy, Sarmiento is reputed to have chosen 'pink' as a nice compromise - sounds like a politician to me! The other theory has it that the Argentine custom of using the blood of cattle for paint had something to do with it!

    Either way, as you can see, the 'pink' paint did not stretch too far!

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    Casa Rosada

    by DPando Written Apr 20, 2006

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    Casa Rosada

    Favorite thing: One of the main attractions in Buenos Aires is la Casa Rosada ...the government place and so weird at first sight pink like it is !!!
    Located behind Plaza Colon its one of the best spots to start a day in the city...there are places like Puerto Madero, Obelisco, Corrientes boulevard closer to it and ..the City where all locals have their offices and mostly banks are

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    The Pink House (House of the National Government)

    by pili Updated Jun 27, 2004

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    The Pink House

    Favorite thing: Located in Balcarce 50, the building is known as the "Pink House". It was the argentine government center since the First Government Board in 1810. President Sarmiento decided its pink colour, in 1873. Pink symbolize the union of political sectors. Red was the colour of federal party, guided by Juan Manuel de Rosas, and white, the colour of the unitary opponents.

    Ubicada en la calle Balcarce, al n° 50, el edificio conocido como "La Casa Rosada", ha sido el edificio que alberga las oficinas del Presidente de la Nación desde el año 1810. El Presidente Sarmiento decidió que se lo pinte de rosa en 1873. Rojo era el color de los "federales", guiados por Juan Manuel de Rosas y blanco, el color de los "unitarios" oponentes.-

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    Metropolitan Cathedral

    by pili Updated Jun 27, 2004

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    Metropolitan Cathedral

    Favorite thing: It is located across Plaza de Mayo. Its style is neo-classical with twelve columns representing the twelve apostles sustaining a facade depicting a biblical scene: Joseph meeting his father.
    Other important characteristics are the Sacrarium Chapel, with delicate marbles and bronze details.
    General San Mart?n Mausoleum, our main Independence hero, created by the French sculptor Albert Ernest Carrier Belleuse, is located inside the Cathedral.-

    Está ubicada cruzando la Plaza de Mayo. Su estilo es neoclásico, con doce columnas que representan a los doce apóstoles. Las columnas sostienen una fachada que representa una escena bíblica, el reencuentro del patriarca Jacob, con su hijo Jose.
    El Mausoleo del General José de San Martín (nuestro libertador), creado por el escultor francés Albert Ernest Carrier Belleuse, se encuentra también dentro de la iglesia

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    Town Hall

    by pili Updated Jul 3, 2004

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    Town Hall

    Favorite thing: The second great building you can find in Plaza de Mayo is the Town Hall of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, seat of the Executive Power. This palace combine elements from diferent European styles, facade in italian neo-renaissance, sections recallling german architecture and mansards and coping stores in the French style. -

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    Cabildo

    by sof76 Updated Feb 26, 2006

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    Favorite thing: It's one of the oldest buildings of Buenos Aires that has suffered numerous modifications. It was finished to build in 1748, but was founded in 1806. Its museum conserves the memory of the colonial epoque. All the weeks a fair of crafts is opened in the patio.

    Es uno de los edificios mas antiguos de Buenos Aires que ha sufrido numerosas modificaciones.
    Se termino de construir en 1748, pero fue fundado en 1806.
    Su museo conserva la memoria de la epoca colonial. Todas las semanas se abre en el patio una feria de artesanias.

    Fondest memory: Address: Bolívar 65

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    Central Bank

    by sof76 Updated Feb 26, 2006

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    Favorite thing: The Central Bank of Argentina was created in 1935. It is a self-governed body of the National Government, regulated by its Charter and by the Financial Institutions Act.
    it has a Museum inside:
    The Museum has a permanent exhibit showing its major items. Temporary numismatic exhibits are held on different historical, social and political issues.
    The Museum includes a large library open to the public which covers a wide range of general subjects as well as volumes specialising in numismatics, Argentine history and museum-related studies. The library is open Mondays through Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Its varied material is periodically updated with the addition of national and foreign books, publications, journals, and catalogues.
    Guided visits must be arranged in advance by telephone. School groups and adult visitors are welcome to join in these tours accompanied by guides specialised in the history of Argentine currency. Visits are supplemented with audio-visual aids. Teachers and students are given reference material on the different national currency issues.

    El Banco Central de Argentina fue creado en 1935.
    Existe un museo dentro del Banco Central.

    Address: Reconquista 266

    Phone: 4348-3500 / 4000-1200

    Website: http://www.bcra.gov.ar

    Fondest memory: Address: Reconquista 266

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    Casa de Gobierno "Casa Rosada" / Goverment House

    by sof76 Updated Feb 26, 2006

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    Favorite thing: In 1580, Juan de Garay assigned this place for the construction of Buenos Aires Fort. This building has been the seat of the National Government since the Primera junta (the first council) in 1810. It was painted pink after the decition of President Sarmiento in 1873, who chose that color since it represented the union of both political sectors (red was the color of federals, headed by Juan Manuel de Rosas, white was the color of the opposition: the unitarians).

    En 1580, Juan de Garay asigno este lugar para la construccion del fuerte de Buenos Aires. Este edificio fue el asiento del Gobierno Nacional desde la Primera Junta en 1810. Fue pintado rosa por desicion del presidente Sarmiento en 1873, ya que el rosa representaba la union de los colores de los dos diferentes sectores politicos: Rojo era el color de los federales dirigidos por Juan Manuel de Rosas y blanco era el de los unitarios.

    Fondest memory: Address: Barcarce 50

    Phone: 4344-3600

    Website: www.presidencia.gov.ar/CasaRosada/

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    Plaza Colon

    by DPando Updated Jul 16, 2006

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    Favorite thing: Among Casa Rosada located in plaza de Mayo and Puerto Madero this huge square split in two areas this part of the city... its a crowded area with lot of traffic in each direction ,,be careful crossing !!!

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    Famous Casa Rosada, the...

    by lihue Updated Sep 7, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Famous Casa Rosada, the Argentinian Government building. Located at Plaza de Mayo this building seems to be the mirror of Argentinian history for all important events in the country's past happend around Plaza de Mayo. There is a small museum open to the public, displaying memorabilia of Argentinian presidents.

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    Casa Rosada - Pink House (like...

    by kunchik Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Casa Rosada - Pink House (like the White House in U.S.)
    In front is the Plaza de Mayo. Note the outlines of people on the ground to remember the 'desaperecidos' from the military rule era of Argentina when thousands disappeared.

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    Plaza de Mayo, in BA's...

    by travelmad478 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Favorite thing: Plaza de Mayo, in BA's Microcentro district, is the country's political center. The photo here shows the Casa Rosada (the presidential palace), just one of several monumental buildings around this square. The Avenida de Mayo runs from here to the Plaza del Congreso (where the legislature is located), across BA's main thoroughfare, Av. 9 de Julio.

    Fondest memory: Buenos Aires is composed of a jumble of neighborhoods, each with a distinctive character as expressed by its architecture, commerce, and cultural offerings. There's a wide range of styles, from the high-priced apartments and restaurants of the Recoleta district to the colorful, gritty streets of La Boca. My favorites were San Telmo (not the prettiest, but where I ate the best empanadas I've ever had) and Palermo, which is full of green space.

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    plaza de mayo

    by ciaramalone Written Jan 11, 2003

    Favorite thing: This is a picture of the national government house (the pink house). It's situated in the beautiful plaza de mayo which was founded by Juan de Garay in 1580. It is bordered by Ave. de Mayo and the North and South Diagonal Streets. Since 1810, its has been one of the most important places for Argentine political events.
    This plaza became nationally known during the last military dictatorship when the "Mothers of Plaza de Mayo" would stage weekly riots. Here, every Thursday, the Mothers would openly protest the disappearances of their children. Shots of this plaza, along with the Casa Rosada, appear in Madonna's film, Evita.

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    Plaza de Mayo

    by camilo74 Written Aug 11, 2003

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    Favorite thing: The Government Palace "La Casa Rosada " and the mothers of who were killed during the dictatorship. The claim for justice "Madres de la Plaza de Mayo"

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    Catedral metropolitana

    by sof76 Updated Mar 18, 2004

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    Favorite thing: Address: Av. Rivadavia y San Martin. Frente a Plaza de Mayo.

    Es la iglesia mas importante de Argentina. En su interior se encuentras los restos del General San Martin.

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