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I'm not generally a cemetery-visiting sort of person, but this one is quite unique and deserves a visit, even if it's brief.
The rich and powerful of Buenos Aires' families are buried here. And the most notable grave is of Eva Peron, which is ironic because she came from the lowliest beginnings and worked hard to help out the poorest of Argentine families. To reach her family crypt you go about halfway down the main path as you enter then turn to the left. There will probably be a small crowd since there are guides that take groups around for a fee.
These elaborate crypts have several levels of underground chambers and can hold up to 30 cadavers. When they get fully occupied the oldest remains are cremated and space is made available again. On the day I was there I ran into several caretakers who were more than willing to explain the details.
Address: Junin 1760
Directions: Next to Basilica Nuestra Señora del Pilar,
Phone: 4804-7040 & 4803-1594.
The President's 'House' the Casa Rodada, and Plaza de Mayo in back of it could be termed the center point of Buenos Aires, not geographically, but in practical terms. All of the Subte underground train lines start close to here and many of the large tourist sites are close by.
This has also been the scene of many important political events, including the public speeches given by Eva Peron and the demonstrations by mothers of the 'desaparecidos' during the dirty war.
Try to be in the neighborhood at the top of the uneven hours of the clock starting at 9:00 and you'll see the changing of the Presidential Guards- nowhere near as impressive as at Buckingham Palace but sill neat to watch.
Address: Balcarce 50
The Corbeta Uruguay, bought from England in 1874 and still cared for by the Argentine Navy, is now a musuem docked at Puerto Madero. You can climb all over this important sailing ship, which has circled the globe several times and was used by Argentina in its Antarctic explorations.
Admission is on a contribution basis.
A similar ship, the Frigate Sarmiento, is located a litle further down near Dique 3.
Directions: Puerto Madero, Dique 4, at M. Guemes
Ultra chic and modern 335 ft. long pedestrian suspension bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava, is his only work in South America. It was built in Spain and then transported to Buenos Aires to be installed. It is designed to symbolically represent a pair of Tango dancers, with the man leaning out over the horizontal woman.
Directions: Puerto Madero, near Dique 3
On Saturday mornings (although things really don't go into full swing until noon or a little after) this hillside becomes chock full of stands selling all kinds of arts, crafts, jewelry, knick knacks, etc.
Since many tourists attend this fair and the walkways tend to get jammed with people, this is a prime opportunity to get pickpocketed. By the same token, there are quite a few uniformed police circulating, but just be aware.
Address: Plaza Intendente Alvear
Directions: Outside of and down the hill from the entrance to Recoleta Cemetery.
The whole house was at one time occupied by the influential Ezeiza family. It was later subdivided into tenement apartments. Now the various courtyards are filled with shops selling antiques, curios, and vintage clothing.
Address: 1179 Calle Defensa
Directions: San Telmo, 1 block South of Dorrego Square
This sleek 60 ft high flower made of aluminium/steel is almost like a sundial- it begins each day closed up and slowly opens as the day progresses. It was commisioned by Lockheed aviation company.
Address: Plaza Naciones Unidas
Directions: Recoleta Area, behind Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum)
Original 1700's Corridor
The original focal point of education and government constructed by the Jesuits in the 1730's, presently occupied by the Universidad de Buenos Aires. One of its rooms served as the original congress of the newly formed government and a few famous politicians were assassinated here.
Tours are given for a nominal cost Monday thru Friday at 3:00 pm only in Spanish but are the only way you can have access to the interior courtyards and tunnels.
Address: Av. Peru, 272 @ Av. Adolfo Alsina
Directions: 1 block S and 1 block W from the Cabildo.
Plaza Dorrego is the epicenter for the Sunday Fair and Market in San Telmo, although it spills out on neighboring streets, particularly Calle Defensa, that are closed to vehicular traffic and the entire area becomes an immense pedestrian mall. In and right around Plaza Dorrego the emphasis is on antiques, from old spoons and door hinges to vintage clothing and seltzer bottles. As you wander farther along it becomes more of an arts and crafts fair with people singing and playing all types of music, the inevitable people pretending to be statues, etc. Exploring this area could easily take up your entire Sunday if you want it to.
Directions: San Telmo Neighborhood, directly South of Plaza de Mayo and downtown.
A small but diverse fine arts museum which, best of all, is free! You can see paintings by Rembrandt, van Gogh, Monet, Renior, Picasso, and many local artists. A visit here can easily be combined with a visit to the Recoleta cementary.
Address: Av. del Libertador 1473
Directions: Recoleta neighborhood
Phone: 011 4803-8817
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