"AVENIDA ALVEAR" Avenida Alvear Tip by mtncorg

Avenida Alvear, Buenos Aires: 3 reviews and 6 photos

  Palaces, trees and shops along Avenida Alvear
by mtncorg

Beginning one block north of the Basilica del Pilar - and one block north of the institution that is La Biela - Avenida Alvear is one of the more upper class streets to be found in the City. The avenue runs for only seven blocks, ending at the French Embassy near the north end of the Avenida 9 de Julio. Huge palaces can be found along the street – many of the most ostentatious being used today as embassies – Brazil, France, Vatican City, Hyatt. Shops, tres chic, can be found along the avenue – Galeria Alvear at 1759-1779 Av Alvear, a fine example. Both the National House of Culture – Casa Nacional de Cultura – and the National Academy – Casa de las Academias Nacionales –are along this street. The Alvear Palace Hotel – one of the most magnificent and expensive in BsAs – is located one block off the Recoleta parks and the Park Hyatt is just off the eastern end.

I never found out exactly which Alvear the Avenue is named for. The family's history is very long and several have made big names for themselves both in Argentina and BsAs - from collaborators of San Martin to Argentine presidents. The family tomb greets you on the right as you walk into la Recoleta.

Directions: Runs from la Recoleta towards the heart of the Retiro
Website: http://www.alvearpalace.com

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 12, 2004
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