Probably the most beautiful downtown plaza in BsAs, this plaza was an earlier slave market and military quartert. Beautiful leafy trees predominate now with a glorious monument to San Martin on the northwest side opposite the magnificent Palacio Sna Martin – the Foreign Ministry building. The plaza is surrounded with grand palaces of bygone landed barons – now with new tenants: Palacio San Martin, Circulo Militar, the National Park building and the Marriot Plaza hotel. The Edificio Kavanagh towers above the southern edge and the Malvinas/Falkland Monument is on the east side.
Reminiscent of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, DC, the monument to the Fallen of the Malvinas War of 1982 pays homage to those Argentines who died – over 300 alone in the nonsensical torpedoing of the cruiser Belgrano. Granite blocks below note the different Argentine provinces and 25 black marble plaques above have the names inscribed. Members of the different branches of the Argentine armed forces take turns guarding the monument – two weeks per unit, two hours per duty shift. Like in Washington, you will witness the grief of relatives as they remember their loved ones lost in a conflict described by Jorge Luis Borges as ‘two bald men fighting over a comb.’
Donated by English residents of BsAs on the centennial of the May Revolution centennial, the English Tower – renamed Monumental Tower after the Falklands War – rises out of the center of the Plaza Fuerza Aerea Argentina (Air Force Plaza) opposite the Retiro train station and the Sheraton Hotel. Topped by a weathercock in the form of an Elizabethan frigate, you can ascend to the balcony for views Wed-Sat from 1200-1900.
Finished in 1936, the Kavanagh Building, financed by Corina Kavanagh who sold off two estancias to cover the construction, was the tallest building in BsAs – and Latin America – at the time; 30 stories, 120 m/394 ft high. In its six wings there are 105 dwelling units, the building completely devoted to living space. The rationalist style is quite a contrast to art deco gems found deeper in downtown – Palacio Barolo, Banco de Boston – and to the tall ugly modernistic stell-glass towers found south of the Sheraton between Madero and Alem – Torres Catalina, IBM, UIA, Park and Madero.
Family residence to the director of the La Prensa newspaper, this was BsAs’ largest home with 12000 sq m – well over 40000 sq ft. The Army club has called this home since 1939. The Navy’s club – Centro Naval – is located a short distance away down Calle Florida on the corner with Avenida Cordoba. Within the southeast corner of the Circulo Militar is the Museo de Armas, dedicated to the history of armaments, especially with respect to Argentina.
Another one of those hard to miss buildings. I took a ton of photos of this place and they all suck, so just take my word for it, it's a pretty impressive building! An address I wouldn't mind having. Located on a privileged site facing the San Martin Plaza, the Kavanaugh building at the time of its construction in 1936 was the highest structure in South America. Commissioned by owner Corina Kavanaugh and designed by architects Sanchez, Lagos and De La Torre it combines elements of art deco and rationalism -- whatever that means. Originally built to rent apartments, they were all sold in 1952. It's still one of the most elegant addresses in the City, built with cutting edge technology and elegance. It actually has its own water purification plan.
As it's privately owned, visits to the interior are not permitted. But the best place to view its exterior is from the corner of Maipu and Arenales Street.
Es la residencia ubicada en un pequeño triángulo delimitado por la Av. Santa Fe, Maipú y Marcelo T. de Alvear, fue construído por la familia Haedo alrededor de 1880, es otro testimonio de la imagen de esta plaza. Años más tarde fue adquirida por la familia Villar y remodelada por el Arq. Passeron. Comprada por Parques Nacionales, aquí funciona una Biblioteca especializada en temas de parques y reservas naturales de Argentina y Latinoamérica también hay un Centro de Documentación e Informes turísticos sobre parques nacionales, reservas naturales y monumentos naturales.
It is the residence located in a small triangle delimited by the Av. Santa Fe, Maipú and Marcelo T. de Alvear, was construído for the family Haedo about 1880, it is another testimony of the image of this square. Years later it was acquired by the family Hamlet and re-shaped by the Arq. Passeron.
Bought by National Parks, here there works a Library specializing in topics of parks and natural reservations of Argentina and Latin America also there is a Center of Papers and tourist Reports on national parks, natural reservations and natural monuments.
I happened upon this exhibit quite by chance, as I wasn't interested in going to San Martin Plaza at night. But located in the middle of San Martin Plaza is a remarkable photo exhibit with different full color and black and white photos of Buenos Aires and other parts of Argentina. Views you normally wouldn't be able to see are on display here. I recommend getting a coffee to go and walking around the park and slowly take each photo in.
It is a kind of Big Ben style clock, donated by the British government in commemoration of the Argentine Independece Centenary.
The monument was formerly known as Torre de los Ingleses (Englishmen's Tower), now the name is changed for Torre Monumental (Monumental Tower).
Esteban Echeverría nacio en Buenos Aires el 2 de septiembre de 1805. Era hijo de la argentina doña María Espinosa y del vasco español José Domingo Echeverría. Durante su primera infancia perdió a su madre.
Estudia varios años en el Colegio de Ciencias Morales; lo abandona a fines de 1823, a pesar de haber sido estudiante aplicado. Ingresa como dependiente en la fuerte casa comercial Lezica Hermanos.
Como su primera juventud fue en extremo borrascosa y desarreglada, resuelve regenerarse moralmente y completar su educación en Europa.
Esa ausencia de la patria (1825-1830) le es muy provechosa. En París sigue los cursos más variados, se familiariza con las tendencias literarias ideológicas en boga, forma una sólida cultura de carácter enciclopédico y se asimila infinidad de obras en francés e inglés. Con ese importante bagaje retorna a la ciudad natal (junio de 1830) totalmente transformado.
Esteban Echeverría was born in Buenos Aires on September 2, 1805.
He was the son of an Argentine woman María Espinosa and of a Spanish Basque José Domingo Echeverría. He lost his mama when he was real young. He studied for several years in the Colegio de Ciencias Morales; he dropped out at the end of
1823, in spite of being a good student. He went to work as an employee at Lezica
Hermanos. As his childhood was extremely stormy and disorderly, he resolved to
morally renew himself amd finish his education in Europe. This time abroad
(1825-1830) was very beneficial to him. In Paris he took a bunch of different
courses, he became familiar with the ideological literary movements that were
fashionable at the time, forming a solid culture of encyclopedic character and
learned a bunch of works in French and English. With this important baggage, he
returned to his hometown in June, 1830 totally transformed. He introduced
literary romanticism, stirring up a fertile renovation, and formed a doctrine of
political liberalism, saturated with social and educational concerns.
This small plaza on the corner of Arroyo and Suipacha used to be the site of the Israeli Embassy. On 17 March 1992 a terrorist bomb went off mid-afternoon killing 22 people and injuring more than 250. There is a tree planted in remembrance of each of the dead. Just across the street, the sound of childrens' laughter fills the air from a parochial school, which also suffered from the atrocity.
Also known as the Southern Big Ben, the Torre De Los Ingleses was donated by British residents on the occasion of the British Revolution Centennial and was inaugurated on May 24, 1916. Designed in the renaissance style of the 16th century, it dominates the Plaza Fuerza Aerea Argentina opposite the Estacion Retiro. It stands 59 meters and cost 90,000 British Pounds. Guided tours are available Thursdays at 5pm and include the San Martin Plaza. It meets at the corner of Maipu St And Santa Fe Ave.
Entrance hours Wednesday thru Saturday from 12 noon to 7pm
Una genial vista a la estación de Ferrocarril y Autobuses de Retiro, a la derecha se puede ver el monumento a los ingleses.
A great view of Retiro train and bus Station, you can see the English Tower at the right.
SAN MARTIN Nació el 25 de febrero de 1778 en el pueblo de Yapeyú, situado a orillas del caudaloso río Uruguay, que dependía del Virreinato del Río de la Plata. Su padre, don Juan de San Marín, había nacido en España y se desempeñaba como teniente gobernador del departamento. Su madre, doña Gregoria Matorras, era sobrina de un conquistador del Chaco. Se trasladó a España junto con sus padres en el año 1786 donde ingresó al Seminario de Nobles de Madrid. En 1789 comienza su carrera militar en el regimiento de Murcia. Luchó en la campaña de África combatiendo en Melilla y Orán. En 1797 es ascendido a subteniente por sus acciones frente a los franceses en los Pirineos. El 9 de marzo de 1812 arribaron a Buenos Aires, procedentes de Londres, José de San Martín, Carlos María de Alvear, José Zapiola, Francisco Chilavert , Antonio Arellano y el barón de Holmberg. Todos ellos eran militares formados en Europa , que venían a ofrecer sus servicios a la causa patriota.
SAN MARTIN was born on February 25, 1778 in the town of Yapeyú, on the banks of the mighty Uruguay River, that was under the authority of the Virreinato del Río de la Plata. His daddy, don Juan de San Marín, was born in Spain served as lieutenant to the governor of the department. His mama, doña Gregoria Matorras, was the niece of the conqueror of the Chaco. He moved to Spain together with his parents in 1786 where he matriculated into the Seminario de Nobles de Madrid. In 1789 he started his military career in the Regiment of Murcia. He fought in Africa in the battles of Melilla and Orán. In 1797 he rose
to the rank of second lieutenant for his actions against the French in the Pyrenees. On March 9, 1812 they arrived in Buenos Aires, coming from London, José de San Martín, Carlos María de Alvear, José Zapiola, Francisco Chilavert, Antonio Arellano y el barón de Holmberg. All were military men trained in Europe, who came to offer their services to the patriotic cause.
Una hermosa fuente ubicada entre las calles Arenales y Esmeralda, cuidada por la cadena de hoteles loisuites.
A beautiful Fountain located between the streets Arenales and Esmeralda taken care by the hotel loisuites.