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"Argentina's Most Celebrated Plaza" Plaza De Mayo Tip by Bwana_Brown

Plaza De Mayo, Buenos Aires: 74 reviews and 124 photos

  The Piramide de Mayo
by Bwana_Brown

Plaza de Mayo has a long history in Buenos Aires, being first established as the heart of the city when the Spaniards returned for the second time in 1580 (the indigenous Querandi people had routed the first attempt at colonization in 1536). Major changes were made to the Plaza over the succeeding centuries, with the last major one being the removal in 1884 of a large building, the Recova Vieja, which had cut the Plaza in half when it was constructed in 1803.

It was only after the Revolution against Spanish rule in 1810 that the Plaza acquired it's present name, in celebration of that event. As for the Piramide (Pyramid) de Mayo, it was first erected in 1811 on the first anniversary of the revolution. It is constructed of brick with a plaster outer covering, with the statue at it's top representing Liberty.

After the old dividing building was torn down in 1884, to make room for Av. de Mayo between the Casa Rosada and the Palacio de Congreso at the other end of the Avenue, the statue was moved to it's present location. In recent years, the statue has looked down on the protesting mothers of 'The Disappeared Ones' as they congregated in this Plaza to seek answers from the government as to what the former military regimes did to their loved ones.

The beautiful palm trees in the park came from Brazil, courtesy of the French landscape architect Carlos Thays (who also established the Botanical Gardens). We finished our tour of the Plaza at about 11:30 AM on a Friday and did not find many people about. Then, it was onward toward San Telmo!

Directions: In front of the Casa Rosada.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 21, 2005
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