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Retiro is one of the main entry points to Buenos Aires. Due to the extensive bus network that operates in Argentina, Retiro bus station (a rather grim eyesore from the 1980s), is the focal hub of passengers disembarking for the capital city. With the bus terminal being relocated to Flores that will leave just the train station in Retiro, it will be interesting to see how the neighborhood changes after the bus station has gone.
Because of the constant arrival of local and international passengers, there are a swathe of hotels in the area, including the renowned Sheraton and the Four Seasons. There is also a lot of commercial activity here as the streets are buzzing with fast food vendors. Needless to say, it can get very crowded.
Opposite the bus station is Plaza San Martin, a large expanse of green area which provides some peace outside the cacophony of the city center. The plaza is home to the Torre Monumental and a huge statue of the Argentine national hero José de San Martín. Retiro is a typical entry point to a big city, bursting with activity and excitingly close to the center of one of the greatest cities in the world
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Monument to José de San Martín
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.
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.
Retiro is famous for its train station, which is the central train station of Buenos Aires. But around it, there are some beautiful parks, one of them having the monument that pays homage to the victims of the Malvinas war. And right across the station is this tower, which was a present from the English that immigrated to Argentina.
Retiro is the barrio of the city where the main bus station is located, as well as the train station. Since privatization in the 90's, there aren't too many train services anymore. The picture you see here was taken from the top of the Torre de los Ingleses, and it is looking toward the train station. The Retiro Terminal de Omnibus is a good place to go if you're looking for cheap food, luggage, bootleg soccer jerseys, etc.
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Retiro & San Nicolas : Avenue L.N. Alem
Walking back from Puerto Madero to the Plaza de Mayo, I crossed this Avenue and I was impressed by the wonderful houses that exist along it! It was dark and the impression of beauty was magnified with the yellow lights! Finally what I miss till there in Buenos Aires : a street with enough backward distance (thanks to an opening to to the harbor and a parking) to admire the high glorious buildings!!!! It is maybe stupid, but it made me think about houses along a canal in Amsterdam... in much higher! (If I forget the numerous cars!)
Retiro & San Nicolas : Confiteria Ideal
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.
Retiro & San Nicolas : Suipacha
Suipacha is a very narrow, dark, noisy with a lot of traffic. However, it has a lot of very nice buildings if we look at it with another eye!!!
It has also a lot of leather shops and chic hotels.
There are also one of the most famous cafe and tango venue of Buenos Aires : Confiteria Ideal. You will also find there three different tango shoes shop next to it!!!
Retiro & San Nicolas : around Retiro station
Around the Retiro train station, you will find a lot of little shops and snacks with a latino atmosphere : there are a lot of people at any time and salsa, merengue and cumbia music! The food is really cheap and the fresh orange juice are delicious!
Retiro & San Nicolas : Retiro neighborhood
The name Retiro (literally "retreat") goes back to the period when spiritual retreats were held outside the city, but now the words traffic and clamor are synonymous whith this zone which surrounds the train station built by the English, the renovated Bus Terminal and the Torre Monumental (formerly the English Tower) with its Big Ben style clock which was donated by the British government.
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.
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PLAZA EMBAJADA DE ISRAEL
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.
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Retiro de Fondo
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.
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Monumento A Esteban Echeverria
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.
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Monumento a San Martin
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.
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