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1. Botanical Garden
Santa Fe Avenue 3951 (and Av Las Heras)
In 1898 opens one of the gardens, if not the only one, with over 6,000 plant species in an area of 8 hectares, which highlights the flora of each continent. Decorated with sculptures and fountains.
It is a work of the landscaper and architect Carlos Thays and what is more, it is considered the best of his works.
2. Buenos Aires Zoo
Av Las Heras and Av Sarmiento
A stunning location, leisure, with a variety of animals, aquarium and farm places to sit and rest and eat, an ideal tour for the family.
But the different animals species are not yhe only thing that stands out form the zoo, its architecture reproduces classic works of the world, starting with the entrance that copies the Triumph Arch of Titus in Rome, the Palace of the Elephants is a replica of the Goddess Nimaschi Chapel in Mumbai, the Temple of Vesta, in a circle, with 16 Corinthian columns, is like the one in Rome. In addition we found a copy of the work by the Italian Canova, the Girl with Flowers, the fallen monkey of Passani, and a female figure by the Argentine sculptor Lola Mora.
3. Rural Argentine Society (SRA)
Av Sarmiento and Santa Fe
In an area of 45.000m2 and four conference rooms, it is, since 120 years now, the largest exhibition center in Buenos Aires. Every year one of the largest agricultural fairs in the world is organized here, known as "La Rural".
4. Monument to the Spanish
del Libertador Aveunue and Sarmiento Avenue
The monument was donated by the Spanish in 1910 in honor of the centennial of the May Revolution, which is why it is known as the Monument to the Spanish, but the original name was "The Magna Carta and the Four Argentine Regions”.
It was not easy to finish the work, more was not ready for the centennial celebrations, it was eventually finished on May 25, 1927. The author of the sculpture died after finishing the sketches and the same happened to his successor. What is more, it was even more delayed due to the sinking of the Prince of Asturias, new copies had to be requested from Spain.
5. Germany´s Plaza
del Libertador Avenue, Casares Avenue, Castex and Cavia.
Like the Botanical Gardens, Carlos Thays was in charge of the design of this square with European style. One of the most important works that stands out is the fountain of "Argentine Agrucultural Wealth" donated by the German community in 1910 in honor of the centennial of the May Revolution. The fountain was built by the sculptor Adolfo Bredow, made with Carrara marble and bronze
Carlos Casares and Figueroa Alcorta Avenue.
A garden that brings Japanese culture to Buenos Aires. With waterfalls, bridges, multicolored fish, a tea house and a space for meditation. There are exhibitions and workshops on Japanese art.
7. Persian Column
Figueroa Alcorta Avenue and Sarmiento Avenue
Column of the Persian Tmeple, nineteen meters high, was a gift from the Iranian government for the city. Reproduces the columns of the Palace of Persepolis, which was established between the IV and V centuries BC by Dario and Jerjes. Two ox heads crown the Column.
8. Parque Tres de Febrero
Avenida del Libertador and Avenida Sarmiento
The name of the park is in memory of the Battle of Caseros, which took place on February 3. It was inaugurated by the then President Domingo Perón on November 11, 1875. The construction was carried out by Ernesto Oldendorf, Fernando Mauduit Wysocky and Jordan, and was finished in July 1876 by Dormal. Modifications and extensions made between 1892 and 1913 were made by the famous and prestigious landscape architect Carlos Thays.
Here we find the magnificent work of Jean Carlus, The monument to Little Red Riding Hood, in marble, which the municipality of Buenos Aires bought in 1937.
Here, long ago, was located one of the most important milongas, known as "The Hansen." Between 1895 and 1910 it was the most popular place at night in Buenos Aires. It was located at the corner of the current Sarmiento and Figueroa Alcorta avenues.
9. Planetario Galileo Galilei
Belisario Roldán Avenue and Sarmiento Avenue
The building has five floors, six stairs (one screw) and a circular room of 20 meters diameter with 360 seats. In its semi-dome of 20 meters diameter and coated inside with aluminum sheets, the blue dome is projected. In the middle of the room lies the real planetarium: a device of 5 meters high and 2.5 tons with about one hundred projectors. It consists of a cylindrical shell with independent projectors for the moon, the sun and the planets visible to the naked eye, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, and two areas at the ends projecting 8900 stars.
At the lake outside we can appreciate the Surprised sculpture by the Italian Nicholas A. Ferrari and a monolith evocative to the Polish scientist Nicholas Copernicus.
In these areas was played the first football match in Argentina,in June 29, 1867. The Buenos Aires Cricket Club against the crew of the British warship Bombay.
Infanta Isabel Avenue and Araola Avenue
Palermo´s artificial lake was formed by the flooding of the depression created by the removal of land to build the railroad embankments. They are surrounded by a beautiful forest of tipas, eucalyptus, and ombus. You can hire rowing boats or pedal boats. Nearby is the Eduardo Sívori Museum (Infanta Isabel 555), the oldest in the city. It has a heritage of over four thousand five hundred works of Argentine art sculptures, tapestries and important collections of drawings and engravings.
11. Argentine Racecourse of Palermo
del Libertador Avenue 4100
Inaugurated in 1876, next to the Rose Garden and the Tres de Febrero Park. That day, trains could not cope with all the amount of spectators that went to watch the first race, in which the Slippery horse won. The official grandstand and the PARIS Confectionery are part of the architectural heritage of the city. The racecourse has a surface area of sixty hectares and has sand tracks. Two are used exclusively for training horses. The main one is 2400 meters and is considered one of the best tracks in the world.
12. Rose Garden
Infanta Isabel Avenue, Iraola and President P. Montt
The Rose Garden is the heart of the Tres de Febrero Park. It was created in 1914 by the landscaper Carlos Thays. Originally there were 14,700 roses, now there are 12,000.
Its most important attractions are the Andalusian Patio (built in 1929 and given by the Spanish city of Seville), the Arbor(indoor climbing roses) and the White Bridge (a magnificent wooden construction over the lake). At the heart of the Rose Garden is the Garden of the Poets, with busts of William Shakespeare, Alfonsina Storni, Dante Alighieri, Federico García Lorca, Antonio Machado and Jorge Luis Borges, among others.
1. Channel 7
Figueroa Alcorta and Tagle
Headquarter of the only national television channel of the country. The building was inaugurated in 1978 by the military government shortly before the World Cup played in Argentina. The building was done by architects Etchenique and Bouchard. It was inaugurated in 1969. Recognized for its stone facade entirely covered with Mar del Plata stones.
2. Barrio Parque
Between del Libertador Avenue, Tagle, and Juez Tedín.
The layout of Palermo Chico was performed by the architect Carlos Thays, who designed the Botanical Garden in 1912. His intention was to organize a neighborhood with streets and irregular curves and abundant green areas with different tree species.
3. Monument "El Arquero de San Sebastián"
Del Libertador and R. Mariscal Castilla
Was conducted by the Argentine sculptor Alberto Lagos. Represents an archer trying to break his bow repented after participating in the torture of San Sebastian, Catholic preacher at the time of Emperor Diocesano.
4. Institute Sanmartiniano
Plaza Grand Bourg
The institute was founded in 1933, the building is a copy of the house of the General San Martin in Grand Bourg, France, opened in 1946. A few meters away from the entry we find, may be the only monument where San martin is dressed as a civil and is already old.
5. Victoria Ocampo House and Belgium´s Embassy.
Rufino Elizalde 2831
Joint work of the architect Alejandro Bustillo and Victoria Ocampo, built in 1929. Its owner was a major literary figure in Argentina during the twentieth century and founder of the South magazine, his sister was the writer Silvina Ocampo, also wife of the writer Adolfo Bioy Casares. The house now belongs to the National Fund for Arts. Facing the House is the embassy of Belgium, whose building was built by architect Alejandro Bustillo in 1930.
6. Plaza Chile and its sculptures
Del Libertador and Castile
In the square there are works that pay homage the Chilean writer and Nobel winners Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral, to General O 'Higgins (who fought for the independence of Chile) and the staff of General San Martín.
7. National Museum of Decorative Art
Avenida del Libertador 1902
Museum of neoclassical style, built by the Frenchman Rene Sergent in 1911. The decoration is typical of Argentina in the twentieth century. The museum displays in its collection furniture, sculptures, porcelain, glass, paintings and tapestries from eastern Europe and from the fourteenth century to the twentieth century.
8. Popular Art Museum José Hernández
Avenida del Libertador 2373
The collection includes traditional and contemporary crafts, from bone, gourd, wood, steel to textiles, glass, musical instruments. It is a museum of Popular art.
9. Alcorta Palace
Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3301
Palanti Mario was the one who design this palace in 1927. The building is divided into different departments that can be both residential or offices. On the ground floor we find the Renault Museum, which offers bar, restaurant, lounges for events and others for cars exhibition. At first there was a track for car race on the terrace.
10. Latin American Art Museum of Buenos Aires (Malba)
Figueroa Alcorta Avenue3415
The architects in charge of its construction were Gustavo Atelman, Martín Fourcade and Alfredo Tapia. It houses the collection of Edward Constantini. In this prestigious museum there are more than 200 works of art, which include those of Frida Kahlo, Wifredo Lam, Roberto Matta, Diego Rivera, Joaquín Torres-García, Antonio Berni, Emiliano Di Cavalcanti, Jorge de la Vega, Tarsila do Amaral, Pedro Figari, Lygia Clark, Helio Oiticica, Liliana Porter, Guillermo Kuitca, Jose Bedia Valdés, among others.
Palermo Viejo, Soho and Hollywood
1. Plaza Italia
Santa Fe 4000
Here we find the Italian revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi monument. On the sides of the square, horse-drawn carriages that make tours round the surroundings of the plaza. Plaza Italia is one of the areas with more social movement of the city.
2. Jorge Luis Borges Street
Jorge Luis Borges, was an excellent and admired writer, he was born on August 24, 1899 in the city center. Then moved to this famous street in Palermo where he lived until 1914.
3. Plaza Julio Cortazar
Jorge Luis Borges and Honduras
Located between Costa Rica, Godoy Cruz, and Malabia Gorriti. Around the square there are various bars, restaurants, bookstores, workshops of artists, furniture stores, clothing and accessories shops. The Plaza is the heart of Palermo Soho, where we find the ultimate avant-garde designs in Buenos Aires.
4. Palermo Soho Passages
Some of the most elegant and exclusive houses of the city are hidden in these passages, a neighborhood that was never ended. The passages are Russel (Serrano 1600), Santa Rosa (Serrano 1700), Soria (Serrano 1800).
5. Darwin Passage
A cultural passage, where performances are held, where street artists work and where every weekend there is a on of the best known fair of arts and crafts.
6. Palermo Hollywood
Juann B. Justo, Santa Fe, Dorrego and Niceto Vega
Is known as Palermo Hollywood because of the film and television studios, producers and radio stations that are located in this area of Palermo. Also known for its great bars and restaurants. One of the places with greater movement of people in the city.