San Telmo, Buenos Aires

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    Old San Telmo

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Aug 7, 2007

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    When we again returned to Buenos Aires, after spending the previous 8-days split between Iguazu Falls and the Andes Mountains near Mendoza, we spent our last time in the City properly exploring the historic San Telmo district! This district is one of the oldest in the city and originally housed the elite, until an outbreak of Yellow Fever in 1871 drove them further afield to Palermo. However, the narrow streets and interesting houses of this 'protected' area are well worth a stroll.

    After finishing a great pub meal in nearby Plaza Dorrego, we came upon the mid-1700s Baroque-style Jesuit convent Iglesia Nuestra Senora de Belen. Part of the old convent was later turned into a prison for women, which has since become the Museo Penitenciario Nacional.

    Because the steets are so narrow here, and with the old Magnolia trees in full foliage, I could only manage to capture one of the two identical steeples in my shot! The prison museum is attached to the right of this view of the convent.

    One of Two Convent Towers & Magnolia Trees
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    Great San Telmo

    by rodrigonp Updated Jun 16, 2007

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    San Telmo is exactly the place where you can find whatever are you looking for. Yes, it's an old bazaar with all types of antiques and peculiarities stuff that cannot be found on the stores, only in the bargain bazaars like that.

    It's very traditional and a typical tourist trip, very nice and funny!

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    Feria de - SanTelmo - Fair

    by elpariente Written Apr 23, 2007

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    Los fines de semana se llena de vida el barrio de San Telmo , especialmente los domingos en que se monta alrededor de la plaza Dorrego una feria de antiguedades en la que se puede encontrar aparte de todo tipo de cosas , gente muy simpática y como no los hay que se dedican también a bailar tangos
    The week ends San Telmo District becomes full of life , mainly on Sundays that around Dorego square they install an Antiques Fair where you may find besides all kind of things , very curious people and of course some of them are also dedicated to dance tango

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    Fiesta en San Telmo / Festival in San Telmo

    by elpariente Written Apr 22, 2007

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    En San Telmo siempre hay alguna fiesta . Cuando llegamos por primera vez al apartamento nos asustamos , pues debajo de nuestra ventana había una gran "movida" , pero afortunadamente se prepararon allí y luego estuvimos muy tranquilos
    En San Telmo there is always some festival . When we arrived first time to the apartment we were surprised , as under the window there were a big movement , but luckily they prepared there and later on they move and we were very quite

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    BUENOS AIRES: SAN TELMO & CALLE DEFENSA

    by swesn Updated Jan 5, 2007

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    The way to San Telmo's Plaza Dorrego, to me, is best experienced by walking there.

    From Plaza de Mayo, you can find Calle Defensa and take a slow walk along it. After crossing Avenida Belgrano, you will enter the relatively charming neighbourhood of San Telmo. Along this road, you will find countless antique shops selling all things old (and somewhat tacky) - from someone's antique furniture to faded posters to cheesy half-broken toys. Besides shops, there are some market-areas as well. To me, it is really quite fun to soak in the nostalgic mood here.

    It is around this area that you can find more of the charming old-style traditional cafe-bars. My favourite one here is Bar Seddon at Defensa 695.

    After enjoying the Sunday market at Plaza Dorrego, suggest that you, why not, press on down Defensa til you reach Parque Lezama. Although not the prettiest park, it is a very local park, sometimes, there is a simple handicraft fair but most of the time, you will find elderly portenos enjoying a game of chess or some chit-chats and families out for a weekend picnic.

    Carlos Gardel lives on in San Telmo!

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    Plaza Dorego and San Telmo

    by Luchonda Updated Oct 12, 2006

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    San Telmo is a pitoresque part of Buenos Aires, one of them, next to "La Boca" of course. Cobblestoned streets and colonial buildings set the atmosphere for an array of shops and boutiques of antiques, tango dancers and cafes. I visited this place twice. The first time thx to Werner, our guide, on our first day giving the occassion to smell BsAs atmosphere,
    a second time during a bicycle trip in this beautiful city, the so called "Paris of Latin America"

    Boca Junior fan Not a red district, but girls wanted to tango Life street performers Museo San Telmo Basilica at San Telmo
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    This is a real must, San Telmo/Plaza Dorego

    by Luchonda Updated Oct 12, 2006

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    Music and Tango dancing, artists, street workers, antique shops, flea shops
    Unique experience and a real thing to do
    The flea market is open on Sunday, no cars allowed, pedestrians and bikers only, just for you to feel BsAs in the heart.

    Portobello in BsAs Tango Tango per favore Flea market on Plaza Dorego Flea market on Plaza Dorego
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    Indepencia area

    by DPando Written May 22, 2006

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    Independencia avenue its q wide boulevard that cross 9 de Julio boulevard and open San Telmo quarter to the visitors in the easternmost part of the boulevard ...its a subte hub and afterwards you get off you have to walk down the avenue for 5 blocks to get Plaza Dorrego and San Telmo district...no doubt the most attractive spot in that area

    Walking by independencia its a little nit depressing... you can see a lot of beggards and homeless ...well thats the same to other places in the city but mostly buildings are quite collapsed and dusty.. besides my impressions were that it was better dont walk so much at night over there lol

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    El Espacio Biazzi

    by aladin99 Written May 13, 2006

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    It is located in the heart of the San Telmo neighborhood, on Defensa street. In a store with access to the street, Biazzi paints, reads, listens to his favorite music, exhibits his works an attends to all those who shows interest in his paintings and objects.

    Miguel Angel Biazzi explores the roots of indigenous culture and re-creates its images with renewed vigour.

    The Biazzi Space in San Telmo The Artist Miguel Angel Biazzi
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    Fall in Love with San Telmo

    by aladin99 Written May 9, 2006

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    In its beginnings, San Telmo was inhabited by the wealthiest families of Buenos Aires until 1871's Yellow Fever epidemic forced them to move North. With the passing of time, San Telmo's appearance changed and it became a sightseeing must' in which old time's value architecture can be appreciated.

    It contains the oldest part of the city and its narrow, often cobbled streets are lined with some of the capital's finest architecture, typified by compact late nineteenth-century town houses with ornate Italianate facades, sturdy but elegant wooden doors and finely wrought iron railings. From the cultivated charm of San Telmo, setting for the city's popular Sunday antique market, to the passionate atmosphere of La Boca on match days, when the neighbourhood seems to drown in a sea of blue and yellow, the south offers an appealing mix of tradition and popular culture. It's also home to one of the city's most unusual green spaces, the unexpectedly wild Reserva Ecológica, which lies out to the east, beyond the chaotic rumble of lorries which trundle along the city's dock area.

    Tango everywhere
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    San Telmo street

    by DPando Updated May 8, 2006

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    My last evening in Bs Aires ... i wanted to enjoy one more time of San Telmo quarter and i met with a local friend there ( Abril VT member ) we drank some beers in Dorrego quarter and chilling a lot with his boyfriend and a girlfriend of her...
    San telmo take refuge to the Bohemian feelings and its like a small city inside a huge one....its a shelter for those who love a quiet life into a big one and crowded city wherever
    you go !

    on the second pic ...its a local map typed on the street wall representing San Telmo independent republic... with all the streets and highlights

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    San Telmo

    by Dabs Updated Apr 22, 2006

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    We visited the San Telmo neighborhood, Buenos Aires' oldest, on our tour with a Cicerone, Veronica, a local from Buenos Aires. At one time this area was home to the wealthy of Buenos Aires but a yellow fever epidemic in the 1870s drove the rich folks north and the poor immigrants moved in and the mansions were converted to tenements (conventillos).

    San Telmo is being gentrified and is now home to terrific restaurants, loads of antique shops along Calle Defensa and old mansions that you can just imagine the glory of when the rich folks lived there.

    If we had been there on Sunday, we would have saved San Telmo for then as the Plaza Dorrego turns into the San Telmo Antiques Fair on Sunday between 10-5. During the rest of the week you can instead visit the San Telmo Market at 961 Defensa at Bolivar or shop in the antique shops along Defensa.

    We ate lunch at La Brigada, the other place we were considering was Desnivel at Defensa 858 at Indepedencia that was recommended to us by some foodies.

    San Telmo Market Plaza Dorrego in San Telmo San Telmo San Telmo San Telmo

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    San Telmo: tango, music, shopping, and, and...

    by ellielou Written Dec 22, 2005

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    While San Telmo on the weekends is a big tourist destination, it's definitely worth getting to this lively area when it's weekly "feria" is going strong. During the week, there are still tourists, but it is quieter.

    The market is really something. Street performers compete for your attention, tango dancers, tango singers, people selling everything from old seltzer bottles to new (I hope) bras.

    In addition to the market, antique stores abound, as do restaurants and bars. A fine place to spend a better part of a day or an evening. And, this is the area where tango was "invented." It's really not to be missed.

    singing for his supper agua con gas, por favor wig in a box (and other things too....) tango god happily tangoing
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    Escuela Rawson

    by sof76 Updated Sep 13, 2005

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    Enfrente a la iglesia de San Telmo, se encuentra este edificio del siglo XVIII, escoltado por dos magníficos árboles de magnolia que aún perduran. Aquí funcionó el Protomedicato que fue la primera escuela de medicina del país. Fue remodelado en 1926 y hoy es sede de una escuela primaria.

    Infront of the San Telmo's Church you can find this building from the XVIII century. This was the first Medical School, it was rebuilt in 1926 and now it's a primary school.

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    The most picturesque neighbourhood

    by sabrina_florida Written Jul 12, 2005

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    The best time to walk around San Telmo is either on Saturday or Sunday, as the main streets become pedestrian. During the week there's traffic and many people rushing in the streets. It's true that at the weekend it becomes a tourist spot, but you'll also get to see one of the best antiques markets in town, as well as buskers singing and dancing tango.
    It's the cobbled-stoned streets and the old buildings which make this place unique and a must-see.
    BTW, at night the place is very nice too (lots of lights). It's got some good restaurants and bars.

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