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Recoleta
Recoleta

It is considered to be on of the finest and most expensive areas of the city. It boasts many french style buildings, large green spaces and first class restaurants. Originally, this area was made up of simple houses or "ranchos". During the XVII century though, the lands were bestowed to the Recoleto fathers (Padres Recoletos) where the place takes its name from. Both the Convent and the Pilar Church were built by them in 1706.

During the yellow fever epidemic in 1871, many rich families fled to this area and built large  houses and palaces surrounded by large gardens. Some people consider this district a copy of París. Many cultural events take place here. On weekends, in Plaza Francia, there is a large handicrafts market where you can find high quality items, and legions of street performers.

There are a great number of restaurants, pubs and night clubs on the streets surrounding the cemetery, which gives a special atmosphere to the place.

Main Attractions

Recoleta Cemetery: It is one of the most famous cemeteries in the world. It was founded in 1822 by the Recoleto Fathers. It is sex hectares in size and there are famous sculptures, crypts, and graves from famous people. 
Important mausoleums, such as Eva Duarte´s, worldwide known as Evita, can be found.

Nuestra Señora del Pilar Basilica: It is one of the oldest churches in Buenos Aires. It was built in 1732 by the Jesuits and it was designed by architect Giovanni Andrea Bianchi. It is 30 meters tall and it has only one aisle. There is an Inca Style sun made in silver in front of the main altar.

Recoleta Cultural Center: It was an old convent, built in 1732 by the Recoletos monks. From 1886 onwards, it was a home for aged people and in 1979 it became a cultural center. Young and avant garde exhibits prevail at the center. Permanent painting, sculpture, photography and theatre exhibitions take place at the 25 auditoriums.

Floralis Generica: at United Nations Park: It's hard to miss this gigantic "generic" metal flower sculpture, designed by Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano to represent all flowers. Blooming daily at 8am, its petals close at sunset. The park around the sculpture is a pleasant enough place for a stroll any day, but the flower is at its most impressive at night, when it's bathed in bright red light. It's as beautiful as a gigantic, metallic red flower can possibly be.
Fine Arts National Museum.  It is one of the most important art exhibition centers in Argentina, where 10 thousand works of art are permanently exhibited and expositions by contemporary artists take place. Works of art by Goya, El Greco, Tintoretto, Zorbarán, Van Gogh, Picasso, Kandisky, Miró, Toulousse, Lautrec, Klee and by well known Argentine artists such as Prilidiano Pueyrredón, Sivori, Castagnino, de la Carcova, Quinquela MArtín, Soldi and others, stand out at the exhibition.

Palais de Glace: This circular building is a National Exhibition Hall. In the early 1900´s it was a spectacular ice skating rink and later became an important place where tango was danced.

National Decorative Art Museum: It was an old private neoclassic residence. In 1937, it was bought by the National government and turned into a museum. Flamenco tapestry, chinaware, ivory, silverware, glassware and baroque furniture collections are exhibited there.

It is worth stopping for a cup of tea, coffee or drink at La Biela on the corner of presidente Quintana street and the pedestrian esplanade of R. M. Ortiz.  This is one of the best places from which to people-watch, seated outside on the esplanade under the vast leafy shade of the ancient gum trees.



La Boca & Caminito
La Boca

Around 6 million foreign immigrants poured into Argentina between the years 1880 and 1930, in which time Buenos Aires quickly turned from small town to heaving city. About half of these immigrants were Italian, and many of those were from the port town of Genoa, Italy.

The majority of these Italian immigrants in La Boca,  worked in the port, just as they had done in Genoa. The Genoese proudly brought their unique identity to La Boca, and one of their old traditions was to paint the outside of their homes with the leftover paint from the shipyard – as nothing else was available or could be afforded.

Conventillo Housing
Alongside the Italians lived significant communities of Spaniards, Greeks, Croats and French. With so many immigrants arriving in the city, building materials were in short supply, so the new residents of La Boca salvaged pieces of scrap metal and wood from the local shipyards. These were used to construct conventillo housing - essentially plurifamiliar tenement housing built around central patios where families would socialise and where cultures met and mixed.
The mixing of this melting-pot of cultures and nationalities gave La Boca its unique identity and some argue that tango music and dancing emerged from the intense meeting and mixing of cultures in the conventillos of La Boca.

Main Attractions
Teatro de la Ribera:  it is a theater and houses the museum of the famous painter Benito Quinquela Martín and includes other modern argentine artists. Quinquela Martín is very appreciated  and considered one of the  argentine big painters. His works regarding La Boca, El Riachuelo and its neighborhood are very impressive

Caminito Street: a pedestrian street plenty of handcrafts, paintings, and popular sellers of  souvenirs. It is not unusual to hear tango singers and dancers during  week-ends.

Club Atlético Boca Juniors and its Museum: Romulo Maccio and  Perez Celis, two important local artists painted  a mural and the external façade of the club.. Inside, the museum encompasses cups and trophies, t-shirts collections, a movie theatre, general information, a memorabilia tour, the last Maradona ´s  t-shirt, among other amenities. For soccer fanatic :it is possible to buy tickets and see one of the games of the  Boca Juniors team

The wax museum: The unique museum of wax in Buenos Aires. Its collection is mainly an exhibition  of La Boca itself, or  La Republica de La Boca, as named by its inhabitants who certainly are  very proud of their identity.

Vuelta de Rocha:. A synonym of la Boca. This little square is just a meeting point. In the past the immigrants used to meet there to remember their abandoned homes in Europe.



Puerto Madero
Puerto Madero

Within walking distance of Plaza de Mayo is Puerto Madero, the city’s most modern and exclusive barrio. This neighborhood was the former port of the city. Born ten years ago, is the result of the biggest urbanization project in Buenos Aires' history.
Along the waterfront are brick warehouses converted into upscale restaurants, offices, apartments, and hotels. The buildings preserve their original external structure, while on the inside, modern offices, movie theatres, universities and stores are hidden.
Walk or jog by day, enjoy fine drinking and dining by night.

Attractions

The Bridge of the Woman
Puerto Madero is the privileged area of the city dedicated to its most feminine profile. The Bridge of the Woman links the eastern and western parts of Dike 3 with a distinctive touch. Its creator, the spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, tells us what these bridges and their architecture mean to him.

Natural Reserve, the hidden paradise
This park is a true oasis minutes away from downtown Buenos Aires. Here you can observe more than 260 birds species.

Fountain of the Nereids, female beauty
Sculptress Lola Mora paid tribute to feminine beauty with this fountain. At the time, the play was considered as controversial as the sculptress. Historian Felix Luna describes some of the most outstanding characteristics of the artist and her work

Old South Riverside Resort, the golden years of the neighborhood
During the 1930s the River Plate waters offered porteños the opportunity to cool down and have a nice time. People living in the city came here to have a swim in the river, a custom described by several newsreels of the time. Outdoor stages were also built, in which many comedians took their first steps. One of them was the wonderful actor Jose Marrone. One of his stories can be enjoyed.

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