Retiro, Buenos Aires

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    Casa antigua

    by MeZuGa Written Aug 29, 2004

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    Casa antigua

    Una hermosa casa de construccion antigua ubicada frente a plaza San Martin, entre las calles Basavilbaso y Arenales.

    A beautiful house of ancient construction located opposite to square San Martin, between the streets Basavilbaso and Arenales.

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    Fuente de agua Retiro

    by MeZuGa Written Aug 29, 2004

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    Donde empieza el paseo Brigadier Gral. Angel Maria Zuloaga, se encuentra esta fuente de color turquesa
    muy linda sobre una hermosa zona de Retiro, de fonda la prestigiosa casa de joyas, H. Stern.

    Where begins the walk Brigadier Gral. Angel Maria Zuloaga, this source of color turquoise is very pretty on a beautiful zone of Retiro, of inn the prestigious house of jewelry, H. Stern.

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    Plaza San Martin

    by MeZuGa Written Sep 1, 2004

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    La plaza san martin esta ubicada en el antiguo barrio del Retiro, que los primeros pobladores llamaron asi por la existencia de una ermita en la que se realizaban retiros espirituales, tambien fue plaza de toros, para después denominarse Campo de la Gloria por la heroica defensa del pueblo de Buenos Aires contra la segunda invasión inglesa (1807).

    6San Martin Square is situated in the old Retiro neighbourhood, called like that by the first villagers because of a small church where some spirituals retreats took place. The square used to be a bulls square and after some years it was called The Glory Champs because of the heroic defence of Buenos Aires´ town against English second invasion ( 1807).

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    Retiro

    by Constanza Written Apr 30, 2004

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    Plaza del Retiro

    Large and impressive perspectives give place to many of the most advanced architectural examples which contrast with historic buildings.

    Catalinas Norte, named after the "Convento de las Catalinas" constitutes an urban complex only comparable to some of the most modern cities in the world. There high elegant buildings like the Kavanagh stand out with unusual shapes or glassed walls.

    Green spaces can also be enjoyed there: San Mart?n Park, where the "Granaderos" force were instructed by General San Mart?n being also named "Mars Field" afterwards.

    Around 1871 an immigration of wealthy families from the southern part of the city settled down in Buenos Aires.

    This led to the building of magnificent palaces in the area and today these characteristic buildings prevail in the commercial areas, different institutions and hotels.
    The English Tower was built in 1916 and inaugurated by the English residents in Argentina.

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    Plaza San Martin

    by cjg1 Updated Apr 29, 2009

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    The Plaza San Martin is a park filled with trees, benches and areas to lounge. t also has the Monument to Jose San Martin as well as beautiful views of the English Clock Tower. That day there were plenty of people relaxing on the grass and benches enjoying the beautiful sunshine. We enjoyed walking around the Plaza on a very sunny day on our way to the river.

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    Retiro Station

    by cjg1 Written Jan 7, 2009

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    Retiro is one of Argentina's busiest railway stations. there are three lines; Mitre, Belgrano, and San Martin. The station is across from the Plaza St. Martin. The station was opened in 1915 and was designed by Eustace L. Conder, Roger Conder and Sydney G. Follet.

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    Las Malvinas Memorial

    by barryg23 Updated Sep 10, 2008

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    Until you visit Argentina you don't realize how important The Falklands, or Las Malvinas as they are called here, are to the Argentinians. Argentina lost far more soldiers than Britain in the Falklands War and even today the Falklands War is a sensitive issue here.

    All the local maps of Argentina refer to The Falklands as Las Malvinas while the capital city is referred to as Puerto Argentina instead of Stanley. In Buenos Aires the war is commemorated by a memorial in Plaza San Martin. Two soldiers stand in front of it and face towards the Torre de los Ingleses, which is in an area known as Plaza Britannica until 1982, the year of the war.

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    Islas Malvinas (Falklands) War Memorial

    by vtveen Updated Jul 9, 2009

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    Close to the Torre de los Ingleses, after crossing the Av del Libertador we reached the Plaza San Martin. In the middle of this green park is the rather impressive Malvinas/Falklands Memorial situated, just in front of the 'British Tower' !!!

    This monument is a tribute to the Argentine soldiers who died in the war between England and Argentina in 1982. The names of all victims are graved into marble plaques. There are always guards of the Argentine army in front of the monument and 'of course' there is an eternal flame burning.

    There is a huge Argentine flag blowing in front of the memorilal, which is - during summer - surrounded by flowering jacaranda's.

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    English Tower or is it Big Ben in Buenos Aires??

    by fachd Updated Dec 5, 2007

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    The English Tower is located in Plaza San Martin opposite the Retiro railway station.

    We wanted to see the views of the city scape from the Tower, but it was close when we got there. How disappointing it was.

    The Tower has a big clock like Big Ben in London. On the top of the tower is a big dome like you see in Venice or Rome or Istanbul. Above the entrance of the Tower you will see the Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. On the left the shield is supported by the English Lion, on the left is the Unicorn of Scotland.

    The Tower was built in 1916 to look like the style of Edwardian period. According to the story the tower was given by the English residents in Argentina. All the materials used to build the Tower came from England. The name changed from English Tower to Monumental Tower after Argentina lost the Falkland War to the British.

    The Monumental Tower is open to general public from Wednesday to Saturday at 12.00 to 19.00.

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    Plaza San Martin

    by MeZuGa Written Sep 1, 2004

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    La plaza san martin esta ubicada en el antiguo barrio del Retiro, que los primeros pobladores llamaron asi por la existencia de una ermita en la que se realizaban retiros espirituales, tambien fue plaza de toros, para después denominarse Campo de la Gloria por la heroica defensa del pueblo de Buenos Aires contra la segunda invasión inglesa (1807).

    6San Martin Square is situated in the old Retiro neighbourhood, called like that by the first villagers because of a small church where some spirituals retreats took place. The square used to be a bulls square and after some years it was called The Glory Champs because of the heroic defence of Buenos Aires´ town against English second invasion ( 1807).

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    Torre de los Ingleses (British Clock Tower)

    by cjg1 Updated Jan 8, 2009

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    Torre de los Ingleses is located in Retiro. It's a short walk from the Plaza San Martin. Locals refer to it as the Big Ben or Argentina.

    The tower was constructed in 1910 by British residents of the city to commemorate the centenary of the May Revolution of 1810.

    The tower is built in Palladian style and is decorated with symbols of the British empire and features the thistle of Scotland, the English rose, the Welsh dragon and the Irish shamrock.

    The tower is over 200 feet tall and has eight floors. There are clocks that were designed to chime like the bells of Westminster Abbey (the clocks have been damaged and do not work currently I am told). At the top of the tower is an octagonal copper roofed cupola. Above the entrance there are the shields of Argentina and Great Britain and the inscription "al gran pueblo argentino, los residentes británicos, salud, 25 de mayo 1810-1910" (To the health of the Great Argentine people, from the British residents, May 25 1810-1910).

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    Monument to José de San Martín

    by cjg1 Updated Jan 8, 2009

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    We were walking around the Plaza St. Martin. It is impossible to miss the Monument to Jose De San Martin. The monument is of Jose San Martin on horseback as if he is charging into battle. Jose San Martín is regarded as one of the Liberators of Spanish South America and is regarded as the national hero of Argentina. The Order of the Liberator General San Martin or Orden del Libertador San Martín) in his honor is the highest decoration in Argentina.

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    Retiro & San Nicolas : Confiteria Ideal

    by ptitetoile Written Jan 4, 2005

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    Confiteria Ideal is a century old, two-story building with twenty foot ceilings on both floors. The coffeehouse is downstairs and the ballroom is upstairs. The walls are covered in dark wood paneling; the floors and round columns around the room are marble and from the ceiling hang elegant art deco chandeliers. It is one of the oldest and most elegant place to dance tango... there are tango balls in the afternoon every day and some days in the evening.

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    Retiro & San Nicolas : Kavanagh building

    by ptitetoile Written Jan 3, 2005

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    Passing along this building, it captivated me but I didn't know why ! And afterwards, I learned what it represented : this is a symbol of the modern Buenos Aires : it is the first skyscraper in the city. It was inaugurated in 1935 after being entirely built of concrete in record time : merely 14 months. It has 30 floors and is 120 meters high and harbors inumerable anecdotes and memories associated with illustrious names of people that chose to live in apartments which give on the square and the river.

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    Plaza San Martín

    by andal13 Written Nov 18, 2003

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    Plaza San Martín (San Martín Square) is much more than a square; it is sooooo big that actually is a park, full of beautiful trees. It is in the middle of a busy area, but when you take a seat under the foliage, the city noises cannot be heard. My last visit was in November, so the jacarandas were full of flowers...

    La Plaza San Martín es mucho más que una plaza; es taaaaaan grande, que en realidad es un parque arbolado. Está en medio de un área muy activa de la ciudad, pero cuando te sientas bajo el follaje, los ruidos urbanos no se escuchan. Mi última visita fue en noviembre, por lo que los jacarandás estaban en flor...

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