- The city
The name of the neighborhood is in honor of the Recoleta monks who settled here and established the convent of the Recoletos Descalzos in 1716. Today it is one of the most elegant and popular neoghbourhoods in the city, with nearby attractions:
1. National Library Aguero 2502
Is among the largest and most prestigious libraries in the world, the archive is the largest in Latin America and has more than 2,000,000 copies. It has a capacity of 960 people in its nine reading rooms, an auditorium and a school for librarians. Three decades went by since the building was designed until it was finished and opened in 1912.Designed by the architect Clorindo Testa along with Alicia Cazzaniga and Francisco Bullrich.
2. Plaza República Oriental del Uruguay, Av del Libertador, Austria, Tagle and Figueroa Alcorta Av
In the middle of the square we find the sculpture that José Luis Zorrilla de San Martin and architect Alejandro Bustillo made in honor of General José Gervasio Artigas.
3. Miter Plaza, Avenida del Libertador and Luis Agote
The name of the square is in honor of the brilliant politician and president in 1862 Bartolomé Miter. It is one of the most exclusive areas of the city, residential buildings and luxury homes and high arquiitectura, among whom the embassy of Great Britain.
4. Plaza Francia, Av del Libertador, Ricardo Levene, Dr. Luis y Av Agote Pueyrredón
The French community gave Argentina a monument built by the French sculptor Edmond Peynot in memory of the centennial of the May Revolution. It was the first work given to the country by foreigners and was opened in 1910.
5. National Museum of Fine Arts, del Libertador Avenue 1473
With 32 rooms and a collection of over 10,000 copies, is one of the largest and most prestigious museums of our country and America. Among his works we can highlight those of Goya, El Greco, Tintoretto, Rembrandt, Degas, Van Gogh, Picasso, Kandinsky, Miró, Bourdelle, Rodin, Candido Lopez Prilidiano Pueyrredón.
6. Law School, Av Figueroa Alcorta 2263
Covering an area of 40,000 square meters, stands one of the most prestigious faculties in the country and the world. The Law School of Buenos Aires University stands out, not only for its their academic level but for its impressive architecture of classic style as well. It is one of the great attractions of the city as has one of the most beautiful structures, what is more, inside we find an art gallery, a library and a museum.
The Faculty was founded in 1821 by the Rector Dr. Antonio Saenz. The architects Arturo Ochoa, Ismael and Pedro Chiapore Vivent were responsible for design and construction.
7. Torcuato de Alvear Square, between del Libertado Avenue, Pueyrredón, Alvear and Junín
This square is known for its famous crafts fair. On weekends it is one of the most popular and crowded with street performers and historic buildings around it.
8. Monument to General C. M. Alvear
Carlos María de Alvear was a recognized and respected politician, collaborator of San Martin, president of the Assembly of the year XIII and Director of the United provinces of Rio de la Plata. Antonio Emilio Bourdelle was commissioned to build this monument to honor the General.
9. Palais de Glace, Posadas 1725
Today, the Palais de Glace is placed between the centers of most prestigious art exhibition in the country. Previously, between 1911 and 1921, here were the first ice rink built in the City and later became an elegant and busy tango ballroom.
10. Alvear Avenue, formerly known as Bella Vista, was built in 1885 by the Mayor of Buenos Aires at that time, Don Torcuato de Alvear, who encouraged the construction after his father Carlos María de Alvear.
Moreover, the Alvear Hotel is a building dating from 1928, has 280 rooms and wide terraces overlooking the river. It is one of the most elegant of the city.
11. Cultural Cneter in Recoleta, Junín 1930
A large cultural center that exhibits, in its 27 rooms, fine arts, concerts, plays, dances, performances, electroacoustic music and video shows among other things.
It was opened in 1979 in a building from the nineteenth century which was rebuilt by architects Jacques Bedel, Luis Benedit Clorindo and Testa.
12. Basilica Our Lady of Pilar, Junín 1892
Formerly Recoleta monks lived here, the present building retains much of the imagery, structure and elements of worship that they used to have.
Responsible for its construction was Andrés Blanqui. Next to the Church we find a small museum.
13. Recoleta Cemetery, Junín 1790
It works as a cemetery since 1822, year in which tRecoleta monks were expelled from the neighborhood. It used to be the garden of the monks. In the Cemetery we find the remains of great heroes of the Wars of Independence, presidents of the Republic, writers, scientists and artists.
14. Recoleta is one of the most crowded areas of the city. It is a commercial area, elegant and very popular. Here are first level restaurants, cafes, bars, cinemas and places to go dancing. It is a busy area both during the day and at night.
15. Bar La Biela, Quintana and Roberto M. Ortiz
What we now know as the Bar Biela, used to be the meeting place for young cars lovers, so until 1942, when it changed its name to the present, was known as Aero Bar Café. In 1999, the Legislature of the City declared the bar plac of Cultural Interest and its popularity boosted business in this area.