Beginning one block north of the Basilica del Pilar - and one block north of the institution that is La Biela - Avenida Alvear is one of the more upper class streets to be found in the City. The avenue runs for only seven blocks, ending at the French Embassy near the north end of the Avenida 9 de Julio. Huge palaces can be found along the street – many of the most ostentatious being used today as embassies – Brazil, France, Vatican City, Hyatt. Shops, tres chic, can be found along the avenue – Galeria Alvear at 1759-1779 Av Alvear, a fine example. Both the National House of Culture – Casa Nacional de Cultura – and the National Academy – Casa de las Academias Nacionales –are along this street. The Alvear Palace Hotel – one of the most magnificent and expensive in BsAs – is located one block off the Recoleta parks and the Park Hyatt is just off the eastern end.
I never found out exactly which Alvear the Avenue is named for. The family's history is very long and several have made big names for themselves both in Argentina and BsAs - from collaborators of San Martin to Argentine presidents. The family tomb greets you on the right as you walk into la Recoleta.
La Av. Alvear fue trazada en 1885 por el Intendente Torcuato de Alvear y bautizada en homenaje a su padre, Carlos Maria de Alvear, general y político que presidió la Asamblea del año 1813 y fue Director Supremo de las provincias Unidas del Río de la Plata en 1815
Las primeras cuadras muestran comercios, con la presencia de los grandes diseñadores internacionales, joyerías, anticuarios y modas. En esquina de Ayacucho está el Hotel Alvear Palace y a la izquierda del mismo está la Residencia Hume. En la esquina enfrentada está la Casa de la Cultura. Continuando por Av. Alvear, del lado izquierda, está la Residencia Duhau y a su lado se encuentran la Nunciatura Apostólica..Bajando por Montevideo y a la derecha por Posadas, está el Patio Bullrich , Shopping Center. Volviendo a Posadas y subiendo a la izquierda por la Calle Libertad, se llega a la Plaza Carlos Pellegrini y a la derecha, está la Embajada de Brasil y en la esquina, la sede de la Embajada de Francia.
The Av. Alvear was traced in 1885 by the Intendant Torcuato of Alvear and baptized in homage to its father, Carlos María of Alvear, general and politician that he presided over the Assembly of the year 1813 and it was Managing Supreme of the counties Together of the River of the Silver in 1815
The first blocks show trade, with the presence of the big international designers " Emporio Armani, Polo Ralph, Louis vuitton, etc. jeweler'ses, antique dealers and fashions. In corner of Ayacucho it is the Hotel Alvear Palace and to the left of the same one it is the Residence Hume. The House of the Culture is in the faced corner. Continuing for Av. Alvear, of the side left, it is the Residence Duhau and to their side they are the Apostolic Nunciate.. Lowering for Montevideo and to the right for Inns, it is the Patio Bullrich, Shopping Center. Returning to Inns and going up to the left down the street Freedom, you arrives at the Square Carlos Pellegrini and to the right, the Embassy of Brazil is and in the corner, the headquarters of the Embassy of France.
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