San Telmo, Buenos Aires

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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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    Calle EE. UU.

    by MeZuGa Updated Aug 27, 2004

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    La calle EE. UU. es un buen lugar para empezar a recorrer San telmo, hay muchos bares y mercados de antiguedades hasta llegar a la calle Defensa, que es la calle peatonal y donde se hospedan todos las tiendas de antiguedades y bares y la plaza Dorrego.

    USA Road is a good place to begin your tour of San Telmo. There are many bars
    and antique markets through to Defense Street, which is the pedestrian street
    where all the antique stores, bars and Dorrego Square are located.

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    Feria de antiguedades

    by MeZuGa Updated Aug 27, 2004

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    La plaza Dorrego ubicada en San telmo es una feria donde se puede conseguir antiguedades, es un lugar muy hermoso y antiguo.

    Dorrego Square, located in San Telmo, is a very beautiful and old place noted
    for its antique fair.

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    San Telmo

    by barryg23 Updated Sep 10, 2008

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    San Telmo is the oldest district in Buenos Aires and is perhaps also the most atmospheric. Buenos Aires was founded by Pedro de Mendoza in the 16th century and his statue in Parque Lezama in San Telmo marks the spot where the city began. Nowadays this park marks the divide between Boca and is a good spot to visit on a summer's day.

    There is wonderful nightlife in San Telmo, and with some of the city's best bars and restaurants, especially parrillas serving delicious Argentinian food, it´s a busy place every night of the week. The biggest crowds are here on Sundays for the famous markets on Plaza Dorrego and the surrounding streets. This is well worth visiting if you´re in the city as you´ll see free tango and many stalls with items well worth buying. Even if you´re not here on a Sunday San Telmo is a great district to visit. It's always lively and there's a much more down to earth feel than in neighbourhoods such as Recoleta or Palermo.

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    Plaza Dorrego

    by MeZuGa Updated Aug 29, 2004

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    En el corazon de San Telmo se encuentra la Plaza Dorrego la cual los Fines de semana se arman ferias de antiguedades y ropa usada, muchos bares y artistas callejeros.

    In the heart of San Telmo, Dorrego square is the one, which at the weekend, features antique and used clothes fairs, many bars, and street artists.

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    San telmo peatonal

    by MeZuGa Updated Aug 29, 2004

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    A lo largo de 7 cuadras aprox. se extiende la calle defensa peatonal los fines de semana, se pueden ver shows de tango, musicos, etc.

    Along about 7 blocks is the pedestrian street Defensa where, at the weekends, tango shows, musicians, etc. can be seen.

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    Pasaje de antiguedades

    by MeZuGa Updated Aug 29, 2004

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    Caminando por San telmo se encuentran muchos pasajes, este es un pasaje dev 30 mt aprox. y solo hay locales de antiguedades.

    You find many passages in walking through San Telmo. This passage is only about
    30 m. long and, here, there are nothing but antique stores.

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    Paseo de artesanias

    by MeZuGa Updated Aug 29, 2004

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    Sobre la calle defensa entre humberto 1 y Carlos Calvo se encuentra un Paseo de Artesanias muy hermoso, del cual se puede comprar una gran variedad de cosas, muy bien decorado.

    On the calle Defensa between Humberto 1 and Carlos Calvo is a very beautiful,
    well-adorned, Crafts Walk, at which can buy you a great variety of things.

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    Pasaje Dr. J. R. giuffra

    by MeZuGa Updated Aug 29, 2004

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    Final del pasaje Dr. J. R. giuffra donde se aloja la feria de ropa usada, de fondo se puede ver la facultad de ingenieria.

    The end of the Dr. J. R. Giuffra cul-de-sac is where you find the used clothes
    fair. At the bottom, you can see the engineering school.

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    Plaza Dorrego

    by MeZuGa Updated Aug 29, 2004

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    Después de Plaza de Mayo es la más antigua de la ciudad de Buenos Aires
    Hacia 1586 ya existía.
    Primeramente se conoció como Plaza de la Residencia por su proximidad a la instalación jesuítica Altos de San Pedro González Telmo.

    After Plaza de Mayo, Plaza Dorrego is the oldest in town. It was already here in 1586. It was originally known as Plaza de la residencia by its proximity to San Pedro González Telmo's High Jesuit installation.

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    Feria de ropa Usada

    by MeZuGa Updated Aug 29, 2004

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    A 2 cuadras de la Plaza Dorrego los fines de semana Se arma una feria de ropa usada y accesorios, en el cual se pueden encontrar cosas interesantes.

    The 2 blocks of Dorrego Square, at the weekends feature a used clothes and
    accessory fair, at which you can find many interesting things. It is like one
    giant yard sale.

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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.

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    Bares en San Telmo

    by MeZuGa Updated Aug 29, 2004

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    En todo el barrio de San Telmo se pueden encontrar bares de comidas autoctonas del pais como extranjeras, muchos de ellos bordean la plaza Dorrego pero tambien hay muchos en los alrededores.

    Throughout San Telmo, there are many small, local ethnic food bars. Many of them
    skirt the Plaza Dorrego but there are also many in the surrounds.

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    Plazoleta San Francisco

    by Sonador3 Written May 24, 2004

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    This is a cool little plaza across the street from the Basilica De San Francisco and I found it quite interesting. There you find some very talented artists doing their thing and selling their finished products, and well as some marble statues.

    The plaza was originally created to extend the atrium and give the parishioners a place to gather after mass. The marble statues representing astronomy, industry, geography and navigation were placed there in 1972.

    On Fridays there is an arts and crafts market from noon to 5pm.

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    Pasaje de la Defense

    by Sonador3 Updated May 26, 2004

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    I really loved this place. Though some may consider it contrived and touristy, I liked the kitschy-ness of the whole thing. Lots of old shops and a cafe or two. Prior to 1981 there were 31 houses here, then it was turned into a shopping promenade. Back in the day (1881) the building belonged to the Ezeiza family (think Airport), and if ever there was a photo that screamed for a sepia setting, it's this one.

    Open Tuesday through Sunday from10am to 8pm.

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