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"Start in the centre" Plaza De Mayo Tip by TheWanderingCamel

Plaza De Mayo, Buenos Aires: 72 reviews and 117 photos

  Pride and protest
by TheWanderingCamel
  • Pride and protest - Buenos Aires
      Pride and protest
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  • Freedom - Buenos Aires
    by TheWanderingCamel
  • Start in the centre - Buenos Aires

In Buenos Aires that really means the Plaza de Mayo, where you'll find a whole host of significant buildings, monuments and a silent but potent reminder of the dark days when the country was ruled by a dictatorship of generals and fear, torture and murder was the stuff of daily life for many. The ring of painted white head scarves and the weekly protest of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo (the mothers of the "disappeared", the thousands of victims of the dictators who were kidnapped, tortured and killed by the regime) carries on the tradition of the plaza being the place the people of Buenos Aires have come to to express their joy, their anger and their despair at the events that shape the life of their country.

If the Madres de Plaza de Mayo symbolise an unresolved sorrow, the Piramide de Mayo, in the centre of the square , is a symbol of freedom and hope. It was erected in 1811 to celebrate the revolution that gained the city its freedom from Spain.

It's a beautiful square, with fountains and lots of trees as well as open spaces. With places to sit and watch the world go by, the inevitable hawkers and gawkers, several of the city's major buildings around the perimeter, t it really is the heart of the city.

Directions: Subte A: Plaza Mayo

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  • Updated Sep 8, 2008
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