Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires

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    Metropolitan Cathedral

    by Dabs Updated Apr 22, 2006

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    We wandered into the Metropolitan Cathedral by accident, it looked like an impressive building but it certainly didn't look like a cathedral from the outside, in fact from the description in the guidebook, it sounds like the original structure was built in 1745 and it wasn't designated a cathedral until 1836, almost a 100 years later.

    Inside, you'll want to find the tomb of General Jose de San Martin, the "Father of the Nation" who fought for South American freedom alongside Simon Bolivar. I happened to be there at the time of the changing of the guard, well, it wasn't really a changing as both the guards and the replacement guards all marched off together and the tomb was left unguarded. Seems kind of silly to have a tomb guarded if they all get up and leave ;-)

    A detail in the church that I thought was really pretty was the mosaic tile floor with a floral pattern.

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    Plaza De Mayo

    by fachd Updated Sep 11, 2007

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    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.

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    Cabildo de Buenos Aires

    by Sonador3 Updated May 26, 2004

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    Located at the foot of the Plaza de Maya, the Cabildo de Buenos Aires is a colonial style building that took its current look from it's last reconstruction in 1949. The original Cabildo dates back to 1610, though I've seen references dating its conception to 1580.

    Over the years its gone through many different architectural modifications, thought has stood the test of time to remain one of the most important historical buildings in the city. The first assembly after Independence gathered here in 1810 with the president, Brigadier Cornelio Saavedra presiding over the first Assembly.

    Inside are many different rooms and exhibits, including a printing house where the newspaper, The Buenos Aires Gazette, was published and a mint where the first coins making reference to the United Provinces of the Rio de la Plata and the Independence from Spain were produced.

    Hours are Tuesday thru Friday 12:30pm to 6:30pm and Sundays from 3pm to 7pm. Guided tours are available at 4pm daily and there is a handicraft market each Thursday and Friday from11am to 6pm

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    Banco de la Nacion

    by Sonador3 Updated May 26, 2004

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    Designed by Alejandro Bustillo, the Banco De La Nacion is an example of monumental architecture. The bank offices are located on a former vacant lot once known as "souls hollow". I'm not really sure why, but I'm guessing there's a spooky story there somewhere. Between 1857 and 1888 the Theatre Colon occupied this lot. And then the current structure was built between 1940 and 1955 .

    Inside contains one of the largest vaults in the world, measuring 36 meters wide and meters high. Also, inside is the Numismatic and Historical museum, where old coins, furniture and photographs are displayed.

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    Legislatura De La Ciudad

    by Sonador3 Written May 23, 2004

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    Located at the tip of the Plaza De Mayo is the City Legislature building. Building started in 1926 under the direction of President Marcelo T de Alvear and was completed in 1931. In the facade overlooking Roca Ave., a group of 26 statues represents elements related with the city government.

    There is a 95 meter high observation tower and a remarkable German clock with 30 bells that range in weight from 40kg to 4,300kg. Now that's some big bells!!! Guided tours are available to the inside, you know, just the usual Baccarat crystal chandeliers and Italian walnut wood tables.

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    Aduana Taylor

    by Sonador3 Written May 23, 2004

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    clearing customs

    I wasn't sure I wanted to include this "attraction" because, quite frankly, I couldn't quite figure it out. But what the heck, its worth a look see as it's located just to the side of the Pink House.

    In 1983 the remains of Taylor Customs Operation Center was opened up for people to see. What folks will see is a new-colonial style brick structure designed by British architect Eduardo Taylor. It was a semi-circular building whose shape is similar to that of the Plaza Colon layout. This customs building had a lighthouse and dock and a passageway that went right to the river, allowing passengers to disembark and go right to customs. Quite frankly, it's looks rather menacing, like an old prison.

    Guided tours are available Monday to Friday, 11am and 4pm. Sundays 3pm and 4:30pm.

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    Argentina's Most Celebrated Plaza

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 21, 2005

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    The Piramide de Mayo

    Plaza de Mayo has a long history in Buenos Aires, being first established as the heart of the city when the Spaniards returned for the second time in 1580 (the indigenous Querandi people had routed the first attempt at colonization in 1536). Major changes were made to the Plaza over the succeeding centuries, with the last major one being the removal in 1884 of a large building, the Recova Vieja, which had cut the Plaza in half when it was constructed in 1803.

    It was only after the Revolution against Spanish rule in 1810 that the Plaza acquired it's present name, in celebration of that event. As for the Piramide (Pyramid) de Mayo, it was first erected in 1811 on the first anniversary of the revolution. It is constructed of brick with a plaster outer covering, with the statue at it's top representing Liberty.

    After the old dividing building was torn down in 1884, to make room for Av. de Mayo between the Casa Rosada and the Palacio de Congreso at the other end of the Avenue, the statue was moved to it's present location. In recent years, the statue has looked down on the protesting mothers of 'The Disappeared Ones' as they congregated in this Plaza to seek answers from the government as to what the former military regimes did to their loved ones.

    The beautiful palm trees in the park came from Brazil, courtesy of the French landscape architect Carlos Thays (who also established the Botanical Gardens). We finished our tour of the Plaza at about 11:30 AM on a Friday and did not find many people about. Then, it was onward toward San Telmo!

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    Casa Rosada

    by Constanza Written Apr 30, 2004

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    Occupying the eastern end of Plaza de Mayo, this shocking pink Presidential Palace has a world-famous balcony, where the likes of General Galtieri, Diego Maradona, Evita and Per?n have addressed the crowds at various stages in Argentina?s history.

    Originally a fortress, the Casa Rosada was remodelled as a palace for the Viceroy, when Buenos Aires became the Capital of the Viceroyalty of the Rio de la Plata in 1776.

    A typical example of French and Italian styles, it gained its bright pink colour during the presidency of Sarmiento when, in 1873, he chose the colour because it represented both political sectors ? red for the federals and white for the opposing unitarians.
    The south side of the building houses the Museo de la Casa Rosada in its basement.

    Exhibits include artefacts used by the presidents of Argentina between 1826 and 1966, together with Spanish and English panels giving an overview of the country?s political history.

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    Piramide de Mayo monument

    by fachd Written Sep 11, 2007

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    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.

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    Metropolitan Cathedral

    by vtveen Written Aug 14, 2006

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    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

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    Presidential Palace (Casa Rosada)

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 16, 2005

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    The Distant Casa Rosada

    Originally built in 1580 on a fortified location beside the Rio de la Plata, the Casa Rosada now houses the real seat of power in Argentina. A lot of things have changed over the years including a face-lift by an Italian architect to give the building an Italian/French appearance. Also, landfills along the river over the centuries, including land for the now fashionable Puerto Madero district, place the Palace about one kilometer from the river.

    Fronting onto the large Plaza de Mayo, the balcony of the Casa Rosada (Pink House) has seen many historic speeches by the leaders of Argentina, including Juan and Eva Peron. In fact, Juan Peron was the Argentine military attache in Germany during the years when Hitler made his run up to power. He absorbed how Hitler (and Mussolini) were able to develop a devoted 'cult following' by means of speeches before massed audiences. Peron put that experience to use when he returned to Argentina and made his bid for power.

    Public tours of the building are now available since the end of the military dictatorship. It was about 11:30 AM by the time we had walked this far from our hotel, so we continued onward for a closer look at Plaza de Mayo.

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    El Cabildo

    by Constanza Written Apr 30, 2004

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    Situated on Plaza de Mayo and the only surviving Government building from colonial times, the Cabildo was constructed in 1748.

    In May 1810, it was the focus for the May Revolution and the museum reflects the history of this period. Exhibits include watercolours by Enrique Pellegrini together with the original plans for the city and its fort.

    The upper galleries of the building are magnificently adorned with giant keys and wooden doors dating from colonial times.

    The building is guarded by members of the Regimiento de Patricios, dressed in tradional costumes dating from their founding in 1806.

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    Plaza de Mayo

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 16, 2008

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    The Plaza de Mayo is known for the May 10, 1810 revolution that led to Independence from Spain.

    Several of the city's landmarks are located around the Plaza de Mayo: the Cabildo, the Casa Rosada, The Metropolitan Cathedral, the May Pyramid and the financial district.

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    Montserrat - the initial neighborhood

    by ptitetoile Written Dec 31, 2004

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    This neighborhood and its surrounding area are the origin and scenario of the country s political history. The city was built around the Plaza de Mayo which is bordered by the Cabildo -in white - the governement s cradle in the colonial period and currently museum - The casa rosada - seat of executive power whose balcony often served for the public apparition of Peron and Evita - and the metropolitan cathedral built in the XVIIth century where the remains of General San Martin are kept.
    Guarded by tall palm trees the May Pyramid in the center of the square commemorates the 1810 revolution and Argentinian independance and the surrounding buildings constitute a series of public buildings, ministeries, offices and banks. Historically the square was a center for political demonstrations and as of 1977, during the military dictatorshipm the Madres de Plaza de Mayo marched there every Thursday afternoon to demand information and justice regarding the fate of their missed loved ones. An attitude they maintain to this day because their demand remain unanswered.

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    Historical square

    by xaver Written Apr 28, 2013

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    This is the main square in Buenos Aires and around it you find some important buildings such as the Casa Rosada (palace of the government), the national banck, the cathedral. It was built in 1580 and it always had a special part in the history of the city and the country itself. In 1945 there was a huge union protest to obtain the rescue of Peron who, later became president of the country. From the seventies it is the place where any Thursday the mothers of the “desaparecidos” meet up to commemorate their disappeared kids.

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    Mar 31, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    hello i just came from visiting Argentina Chile and Easter island march 2013 . i loved Argentina its very romantic city ,i hoped to fall in love with an Argentinian girl but i was un lucky ,you see iam romantic and i ven danced the tango ,i hope to come by again to Argentina and dance the tango and drink wine from argentina and dance a tango with with a nice Argentinian girl and talk to her in my broken Spanish and look into her eye and say wow i am a luckiest guy]
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