Buenos Aires also known as “the Paris of South America” is the capital of Argentina and the second largest metropolitan area in South America. It’s a large busy city known for its European style architecture and rich cultural life, it has the highest concentration of theatres in the world. My visit there was unfortunately fairly brief but I did find time to get out and about and take some photo’s. I hope you enjoy them.
La Casa Rosada
Translated in to English it means The Pink House and it is the executive mansion and office of the President of Argentina. Its official name is the Casa de Gobierno or Government House. The colour of the Casa Rosada is baby pink and is considered one of the emblematic buildings in the city it sits at the eastern end of the Plaza de Mayo a large square which since the foundation of the city has been surrounded by many important political institutions. The Casa Rosada is probably most famous for its balcony where Eva Peron would address thousands of people at her political rallies.
La Recoleta Cemetery
The cemetery is located in the upmarket area of Recoleta in Buenos Aires and houses the graves of various notable people including presidents of Argentina, Nobel prize winners, the founder of the Argentine Navy and a granddaughter of Napolean. It has been called one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world. Most people visiting this cemetery are here to see one thing, possibly the most famous person in here, and that is the grave of Eva Peron, also known as Evita. Strangely enough her grave is not the most ornate or the largest in the cemetery and is down quite a narrow side path, she is laid to rest in the family tomb under her maiden name Duarte. Set in 14 acres the site contains 4691 vaults all above ground, there are many elaborate marble mausoleums decorated with statues displaying a wide variety of architectural styles including Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Baroque and Neo Gothic. The cemetery is laid out in sections like city blocks with wide tree lined main walkways branching into smaller walkways filled with mausoleums.
The Teatro Colon is the main opera house in Buenos Aires and is ranked the third best in the world. The present building opened in May 1908 and replaced an original theatre which opened in 1857. The theatre has a horseshoe shaped auditorium and seats 2,487, the Colon’s acoustics are considered to be so good as to place it in the top five performance venues in the world. The theatre has undergone a huge refurbishment program having been closed for four years, it reopened in 2010 on May 24th, the eve of its 102nd birthday with a gala concert.
La Boca is a Buenos Aires neighbourhood that retains a strong European flavour with many of its early settlers being from the Italian city of Genoa. It’s a popular tourist destination known for its colourful houses and pedestrian street the Caminito with its tango dancers. The actual tourist area is quite small and it’s not recommended to venture out of this area as it’s particularly poor and tourists are seen as easy targets. Sports fans also know La Boca as the home of world renowned football club Boca Juniors, the club plays their home matches in the Estadio Alberto J. Armando, popularly known as La Bombonera (The Chocolate Box).
The Puerto Madero Waterfront occupies a significant portion of the Rio de la Plata riverbank, once a working port it is now home to fashionable restaurants, bars, museums and luxury apartments. Every street in Puerto Madero is named after a women and it is currently the largest urban renewal project in the city.
Views Of Buenos Aires
I had a fantastic few days in Buenos Aires, met some lovely people, ate some of the best steak I’ve ever had and drank far too much Argentinian red wine. The city surpassed my expectations and I can’t wait to go back again!
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