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    RECOLETA

    by draguza Written Nov 30, 2012

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    Recoleta is the neighborhood which reflects “old” Buenos Aires the best. The architecture is heavily influenced by French classic designs, and century-old buildings and residential properties litter the area, giving Recoleta a formal and classy gravitas. Recoleta is where the wealthy people of Buenos Aires used to congregate.

    Arguably the most well known feature of Recoleta is the cemetery, which is the final resting place of Argentine luminaries, such as former presidents Bartolomé Mitre and Hipólito Yrigoyen, and of course, one of the most famous women of all time, Eva Perón. Tourists flock to this area, either to pay their respects or simply gawk in morbid curiosity.

    The Alvear Palace hotel is in Recoleta, at Avenida Alvear. This luxurious hotel exemplifies the area, built in 1932; it has had guests such as Arthur Miller, Sean Connery, and Nelson Mandela. The affluent area also attracts local celebrity residents such as quirky singer Charly García. Dotted with plazas and monuments, Recoleta is a tranquil and worthwhile place to discover.

    RECOLETA CEMETERY
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    Feria Artesanal de la Recoleta

    by mircaskirca Updated Sep 7, 2011

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    Feria Artesanal de la Recoleta features top quality crafts. It takes place in Plaza Francia and has become the city's largest fair, completely taking over all the walkways in the area. Even the Recoleta Cemetery's church gets involved by setting up tables of postcards and religious souvenirs in its courtyard.

    You'll find every imaginable souvenir and craft in addition to food. Artisans sell handmade clothes and knitwear, jewelry, housewares as well as more traditional arts and crafts here. It's a nice place to buy presents, traditional mate cups, paintings or just anything you like. This fair is a very typical promenade for locals and visitors. People meet to play music, sip mate and have a good time.

    It is open Sat & Sun 10am-6pm

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    Buenos Aires Design

    by mircaskirca Updated Sep 7, 2011

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    The elegant shopping centre Buenos Aires Design, located behind the Cementerio de la Recoleta, is the first and only shopping centre in Buenos Aires, entirely devoted to design and decor. It houses several shops offering high quality design items, almost all of them produced in Argentina, from traditional arts, funky, eclectic pillow and furniture, bathroom accessories and tiling to carpets and much more. The best of all is Tienda Puro Diseño Argentino, a shop where more than 120 designers contribute.

    In the first floor there are splendid 3000 m2 terraces called Terrazas, a section of luxurious restaurants and bars. It's also a pleasant place to relax and have a coffee, an ideal outdoors space to enjoy along with the best view of Recoleta. There are often changing sculpture exhibitions in the gardens. One of the attractions is also Hard Rock Cafe, the first Latin-American branch of the well-known international chain, and in addition, you find Buenos Aires Auditorium, a huge space for social, cultural and artistic events.

    Shops are open Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sun 12am-9pm and restaurants and bars Mon-Sun 10am-2am

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    La Recoleta

    by spidermiss Updated Aug 22, 2010

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    An upmarket bario which took its name after Barefoot Recoletos Monks that made this area thier home in the early 1700s. There is a lot of French influences which are reflected in the in the archecture such as the Palais de Glace. Visitors are drawn to a number of museums, art galleries, cultural centres and sculptures and momuments that commemorate key figures and influences in Argentine history. La Recoleta cemetery is the main attraction for many visitors visiting the bario.

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    Recoleta

    by cjg1 Updated Dec 16, 2008

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    Recoleta is one of the most expensive residential neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. It is a nice area with some beautiful buildings, parks and of course Recoleta Cemetery. The area also has some interesting shops, restaurants and galleries. Many affluent hotels are in Recoletta as well as seeral foregn embassy buildings.

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    Not just a cemetery

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Sep 14, 2008

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    Recoleta is one of Buenos Aires' favourite place of Portenos to see and be seen. Part of Barrio Norte, as well as being home to one of the world's great cemeteries, it'san enclave of expensive apartments and exclusive shops . After you've visited the cemetery, be sure to go next door to Basilica Nuestra Senora de Pilar, the parish church of the barrio, where windows in the old convento - now the museum - give you a great overview of this city within the city.

    The church was founded by Jesuits in 1716 and is one of the few buildings in the city remaining from colonial times. The ornate side chapels in the church were once simple monks' cells, they polychrome and gilt stauary and ornament a far cry from the simplicty of their original use. The architecture of the museum is probably more interesting than the inevitable collection of religious artifacts it contains.

    On Sundays, the large park outside the cemetery and the church is given over to a handicraft market - the usual mix of beads and tie-dying, carved wood and hand-knits = that you'll find at markets like this all over the world, though the sound of a didgeridoo replaced the tango when we were there. Watch out for pickpockets.

    Ready for a drink after all that walking? The outdoor tables of the nearby restaurants are packed with locals and tourists, but you'll find a place somewhere. Failing that, find a seat under the giant limbs of the ancient "gommeros" (rubber trees - photo 4) or a bit and just watch the passing parade.

    Recoleta's parish church No monks here today Browsing for crafts Gommero To see and be seen

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    a nice distinguished district

    by mindcrime Updated Aug 21, 2008

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    I spend a morning in Recoleta district, one of the richest districts in the capital. First I visited the Basilica Nuestra Senora del Pilar, a not so big church that was built in 1732 by Jesuit monks and it’s located next to the cemetery. I liked some paintings here and the golden altar but I think it was too kitch for a church!

    Then I visited the famous cemetery of Recoleta, a big cemetery that was built in 1822, with many narrow streets. Hopefully, they gave me a map at the entrance so to know where some of the famous “oweners” of the tombs are! The number of the tombs rises up to more than 6.000 (!) and some of them are historic monuments.

    Most of the visitors were there for the tomb of Evita Peron of course. Eva Peron (1919-1952) became famous as the first lady of Argentina(1946-52) as the second wife of president Peron. It was july 26, 1952 when she died of cancer at the age of 33. All activity in Argentina stopped and the majority of the population went into mourning with thousand of people block every street outside the presidential residence with 8 of them crushed to death because of the crowd waves coming endlessly from every corner of Buenos Aires! Her body was stolen (!) in 1955, it resurfaced in 1971 and returned to Buenos Aires in 1974 from Italy! It was in presidential crypt but then the put it in Recoleta for extra protection (the heavy steel layers are safe but nothing interesting to see…)

    After the cemetery I walked the streets of Recoleta, first at av. Alvear with some upscale shops. At the corner with Posadas street I saw the General Alvear monument.

    Don't miss the museum of Fine Arts(museo de bellas artes). It is at av.del Libertador 1473, where you can see works by Rembrandt, van Gogh etc opened tuesday-sunday after 12:30am(sat/sun after 9:30am)

    Then I went to eat some ice cream because I couldn’t stand walking anymore…

    Basilica Nuestra Senora del Pilar at Recoleta Basilica Nuestra Senora del Pilar at Recoleta Recoleta's cemetery Recoleta's cemetery Recoleta's cemetery

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    Saturday Handicrafts Fair

    by TexasDave Updated Jun 17, 2008

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    On Saturday mornings (although things really don't go into full swing until noon or a little after) this hillside becomes chock full of stands selling all kinds of arts, crafts, jewelry, knick knacks, etc.

    Since many tourists attend this fair and the walkways tend to get jammed with people, this is a prime opportunity to get pickpocketed. By the same token, there are quite a few uniformed police circulating, but just be aware.

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    Sophisticated

    by mircaskirca Updated May 14, 2008

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    Buenos Aires' most sophisticated and traditionally upper-class neighbourhood Recoleta is considered to be one of the finest and most expensive areas of the city. Apart from the Cementerio de la Recoleta, the final resting place of Evita Peron, Recoleta is also full of chic apartment buildings, parks, galleries and boutiques. There are a great number of first class restaurants, cafes and night clubs on the streets surrounding the cemetery, which gives the special atmosphere to the place.

    Recoleta forms part of the Barrio Norte. It's well worth a look for its French-style homes and beautiful churches. The most famous is the Basilica Nuestra Señora del Pilar, the oldest in the city. Only 500 meters further is the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes - MNBA (www.mnba.org.ar). It houses a significant collection of Argentine Art; Brazilian and Uruguayan works are also shown and a famous self-portrait by Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. This ultra-modern building is a welcome addition to the city's cultural landscape.

    Plaza Francia Plaza Francia
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    Bajo el gomero de La Biela/ Under the rubber tree

    by elpariente Written Apr 22, 2007

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    El Gomero es un arbol centenario, plantado por los Hermanos Recoletos , en 1800 , que eran los encargados de la iglesia . Tiene una copa de 50 mts de diámetro y 20 mts de altura y está enfrente del café La Biela

    ...verde de hojas botella
    botella verde en la mesa
    y en sillas verde botella
    anda la verdosa sombra ...
    ( p j adorno )

    The Gomero (Rubber tree) is a centenial tree , planted by the Recoletos brothers , in 1800 , and they were in charge of the church . It has a crown of 50 m diameter and 20 m high and it is in front the Biela Bar

    ...green of botle leafs
    green botle on the table
    and on botle green chairs
    moves the greenish shade...
    ( p j adorno )

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    La Biela

    by elpariente Written Apr 22, 2007

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    En la Recoleta hay restaurantes , bares , terrazas...
    Un clásico es La Biela , que tiene la terraza debajo del gomero y es el sitio ideal para tomarte tranquilamente un Gin Tonic o un "café especial"y ver pasear a la gente
    Si no tomas alcohol , puedes tomarte un helado en Freddo que está justo enfrente , son buenísimos
    In the Recoleta there are restaurants , bars , terraces ...
    A classic is La Biela , that has a terrace under the rubber tree and is the ideal place to take peacefully a Gin Tonic or a "special coffee" and watch the people strolling
    If you do not take alcohol , you may take an ice-cream in Freddo that is just in front and they are very good

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    Feria artesanal / Handicrafts Fair

    by elpariente Written Apr 22, 2007

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    En la Plaza Intendente Albear , más conocida como la Plaza de Francia , en la Recoleta , justo al lado del cementerio , se instala los fines de semana entre las 10 y las 17h , un mercadillo "hippie" con cientos de puestos en los que se venden artesanías , libros antiguos y artículos de diseño
    In the Intendente Albear Square , better known as Francia Square , in the Recoleta , just besides the cemetery , it is installed the week ends between 10 and 17h , a "hippie" market with hundred of stalls , where they sell handicrafts , old books and design articles

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    General Alvear Monument - 1923

    by MacLnd Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    Anotine Bourdelle's most important commission came from Argentina in 1912. His General Alvear Monument was executed between 1912 and 1923, but was placed here only in 1925. This equestrian monument depicts General Alvear, a hero of the Argentinian war of independence from the spanish crown. The red granite pedestal was designed in colaboration with the argentine architect Alejandro Bustillo, and its flanked by four allegorical figures representing the civic virtues Strength, Victory, Liberty, and Eloquence. It is consider to be the best monument in Buenos Aires.

    Carlos Maria de Alvear (1789-1852) argentine general and politician was one of leaders of our independence from the Spanish crown. Grandfather of Torcuato de Alvear, first city major of Buenos Aires; and grand grandfather of Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear, argentine president between 1922 and 1928.

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    Hércules Arquero (Herakles Archer) - 1909

    by MacLnd Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    Born in Montauban in southwestern France, Emile Antoine Bourdelle (1861-1929) a disciple of August Rodin did the first bronze casting of his Hercules Archer in 1909 for the Prince Emmanuel of Sweden for his palace in Stockholm. Other castings may be seen in the Metropolitan Museum, the Musee d'Orsay, the Bourdelle Museum in Paris, the National Museum of Western Art in Tokyo, the New Orleans Museum of Art. The city of Buenos Aires purchased this casting in 1938 paying 20,000 pesos.

    The myth which Bourdelle chose to depict was the sixth labor of Hercules. The great hero had been commanded to rid the people of Arcadia of the Stymphalian Birds who were ruining the crops and shooting the inhabitants with steel tipped feathers. Hercules shot many of them with his arrows as they flew up from their coverts.

    Located in Plaza Dante in Recoleta it is definitely one of the most important pieces of art in Buenos Aires. It is 2,40 mts high and weights more than 500 kgs.

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    La Cautiva (1906) A hidden beauty

    by MacLnd Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    This is perhaps my favourite sculpture in Buenos Aires. Take the pedestrian bridge from the MNBA to the Law School, and once you cross Av. Figueroa Alcorta go to the right opposite the Law School and you will see this sculpture of an Argentine aborigine with her two sons captured in the times of the "Campaña del Desierto" (war against the aborigine indians).
    Lucio Correa Morales (1852-1923) finished it in 1906, and it amazes me how he depicted in white Carrara marble the sadness and melancholy of her face knowing she wasnt going to see her home again.

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    Jun 4, 2013 at 5:46 AM

    This cemetery is a pleasant place for an afternoon walk. If you are fond of famous people and Argentinian history you will find many having their eternal rest here. But if that is not your cup of tea (not really mine either...) it is still worth your while! its like an island in the middle of this big city where you can just stroll in the silence and remember that rushing and stressing just brings us faster to one place... the cemetery :-)

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