A very impressive square, beautified by trees, gardens and great buildings.
The Casa Rosada, El Calibo, Cahedral Metropolitana and Palacio Municipal are some of the buildings around this square.
So much history is concentrated around this square.
You can spend some time here watching people and get a feeling for the city.
Visitors go and see the Piramide de Mayo monument. It is an important symbol. It is the symbol of freedom. It was built to commemorate the May Revolution (1810). A statue of a woman with I think it’s a spear symbolizing the new Republic was also put on the top. It located at Plaza De Mayo.
Plaza De Mayo named after the May Revolution of 1810, is the original centre of the city. It was founded by Juan De Gray in 1580. From the past to present Plaza De Mayo is important political centre of Argentina. Every Thursday at 3pm women gather in silent to claim justice of the disappearance of loved one during Fascist regime the (Dirty War) of the 80’s.
Surrounding Plaza De Mayo there are monument, buildings of interesting colonial architecture. In front of the Presidential Palace Casa Rosada (Pink House) stood the statue of Belgrano. The Presidential Palace is also famous where Eva Peron rallied and wave to the masses from the balcony.
The tall monument Piramide de Mayo located in the centre of the square. Outside the square you will see Banco de la Nacion, Cabildo the Town Hall and the Catedral Metropolitana.
Plaza De Mayo is a beautiful park where you can observes the Portenos daily life, lying sleeping on the grass, lovers having a passionate kiss, relaxing and enjoying the sun, feeding the pigeon or just watching silly tourist taking photos. There are fountain surrounded by large trees and flowers, hawkers selling Argentinean flag. If you are in luck you may see demonstrator.
This district is where the "Casa Rosada" is situated. Alongside the plaza is where it's Justice Office, National Bank, Kinda like the Washington DC of Argentina. Lots of people wearing suits and Police roaming around the place.
A lot of history in this square. The square saw the people getting up in arms and bringing the descamisados to power. It saw the sitting waiting for Peron to come out of custody. Evita was adored from the balconies in the Casa Rosada. Mexico 86's worldcup was celebrated with a TV in the plaza, to latter a big party as Argentina got the crown. Definitely a place to see.
Casi en el centro de la Plaza de Mayo se encuentra la "Columna Del 25 de Mayo" y alrededor de ella están algunos de los edificios más emblemáticos de la República , así podemos ver la Casa Rosada , donde vive el Presidente , y se discuten las teorías de si el color rosado proviene de pintar con la sangre de vaca o por la mezcla de colores de dos partidos , el blanco de los unitarios y el rojo de los federalistas , el Cabildo con sus columnas , la Catedral Metropolitana, el edificio del Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires y la casa central del Banco Nación.
Desde 1977 se reunen en esta plaza los jueves a las a las 15h 30m las Madres de Mayo para hacer su marcha alrededor de la Columna de Mayo para protestar y recordar a sus hijos desaparecidos durante la dictadura
Practically in the center of the Mayo square is the " Column 25th of May" and around of it are many of the more important buildings of the Republic , so we may see the Pink House , where the President lives and where they are discussing the theories about the pink colour if it comes of the original paintings that were done with cows blood or because the mix of two political parties , the white for the "unitarios" and the red for the "federalistas", the Cabildo with his columns , The Metropolitan Cathedral , the Buenos Aires City Government building and the central House of the Nation Bank
Since 1977 are gathering on this square all Thursdays at 15h 30m , the Mothers of May to march around the May Column and to protest and remember their disappeared sons during the dictatorship
The mothers of Plaza de Mayo protesting in front of Casa Rosada against the death of their sons or people protesting against economic decisions make Casa Rosada in Plaza de Mayo a must see place in Buenos Aires.
Plaza de Mayo is the heart of the city and is surrounded by the Cabildo (Town Hall) and the Casa Rosada (Pink House which is the Presidential Palace) and the Cathedral.
On the ground surrounding the central monument are motifs painted like a head-scarf, signifying the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. The Mothers are the ones who were left asking : What happened? Where are they? Why my children??... when their children disappeared during the military dictatorship of the 1970s - 'The Dirty War'.
I happened to be there on a day when the Argentinians were having an exhibition to pay tributes to 'The Disappeareds'. Indeed, being at the right place at the right time, I got to read some of the posters and I broke into tears. It was a very humbling experience.
Naturally, it is difficult to time your visit with this.
But every Thursday at 3pm, there is a regular dignified quiet protest (very sad) where 'madres' with headscarves gather here for a walk around the plaza to continue to fight for answers to the disappeareds.
The oldest café in BsAs.
A must to visit, located at Avenida de Mayo 825 and opened 1858
A meetingplace for cultural "avant-garde". The interior didn't change much since than.Well decorated with glamour paintings and statues of Carlos Gardel and other Tango nightingales of the period 1930-1950.
The ceiling windows are subliem, the menu prices still democratic.
Whenever strolling on de Avenida de Mayo, get inside. But it is closed in the morning, so make up yr time schedule
Plaza del Mayo is definately the heart of Buenos Aires, a place whre you can stroll around for hours, doing nothing but relaxing, look at the many people sitting in the park, or having a look at the architecture of :
- The Cabildo, former cityhall and the oldest building in BsAs
- Casa Rosado
- The Metropolitan Cathedral
The many avenues starting in the four corners of the Plaza
"SALVUM FAC POPULUM TUUM", a text on the walls of the Metropolitan Cathedral and the place where the great liberator San Martin is burried.
The cathedral itself reminds me at the "Pantheon building" in Paris, France and one of the proofs that a lot of architects building Buenos Aires were inspired by the french architecture in general.
The twelve pillons in the front symbolizes the twelve apostels of the bible
Place of revolution and protests, a place to be if you want to stroll around enjoying the atmosphere of architecture, the relaxing students and tourists, the public tango shows, etc.etc
You can spend hours on this central place in Buenos Aires, the Capital of "Good Air"
Btw : Pollution is a problem in BsAs, but you will forget about it on Plaza del Mayo
Visiting this world famous Plaza also impressed me.
In the middle of the Plaza is raising a statue of Liberty with on top Marianna, breaking her chains and in the meanwhile looking at the Casa Rosado, official seat of the Federal Gouvernment.
The statue of Liberty is encircled by many white caps painted on the floor, a symbol of the Madres of Argentina, mothers protesting on every thursday and claiming the truth about their vanished children during the military regime of general Valdez
From the Plaza de Mayo via the Avenida de Mayo you will reach the Plaza de los Congresos
another impressive square in BsAs
Other buildings on each corner of the square makes the Plaza even more impressive
- The Cabildo, former cityhall and the oldest building in BsAs
- The Cathedral
- The official buildings, the Belgian Ambassady and banks
The Catredal Metropolitana is located on the north side of the Plaza de Mayo. The outside of this neo classical building looks more like a Greek temple with its classic pillars. The cathedral was built on the same place as the first church in Buenos Aires (which dated from 1580) during along period and finished in 1822.
One of the main sights inside the cathedral is the Mausoleum of General José de San Martin, who liberated Argentina from Spain. His tomb can be found on the right hand side of the church; mostly there are two soldiers as guards.
The interior of the church is beautiful with a lot of pictures and sculptures from Italian artists.
Contrary to a lot of (Italian) churches this one was absolutely not overcrowded by tourists. In a matter of fact we didn't almost see anybody during our visit and could enjoy the quietness and beauty of this holy place.
The cathedral is open for public:
Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. - 7.30 p.m
We walked from the Obelisco through the Diagonal Roque Saenz Pena to the Plaza de Mayo with another smaller obelisk. This monument has been built to commemorate the independence from Spain in May 25 of the year 1810. That’s the reason for the present name of the square after a couple of other names.
‘Mothers of Plaza de Mayo’ have been demonstrating for years every Thursday at 3:30 in the afternoon around these statue. It seems like this plaza is the place for more demonstrations, at least during our visit the square was full of police waiting for demonstrators of that day.
The square is surrounded by a couple of important buildings, like the Casa Rosada, the Catredal Metropolitana, the Cabildo and the Banco de la Nacion.