- The city
Woods and lakes
1. Botanical Garden
Av. Santa Fe 3951 (and Av. Las Heras)
Opened in 1898, considered the height work of the french architect and landscaper Carlos Thays. In a surface of almost 8 hectares it has around 5.000 and 6.000 species of plants.
The Argentine flora receives the most important place, with characteristic species of each province. Other areas are destinate to the flora of each continent.
The garden is decorated with several sculptures and fountains.
2. Buenos Aires Zoo
Av. Las Heras and Av. Sarmiento
Created more than a hundred years ago. An ideal tour to spend the day: it has a wide variety of animal species and its architecture reproduces classic works of the world. The entrance gate is a reproduction of the Arch of Triumph of Tito in Rome. The elephant's palace is a reproduction of the Temple of the goddess Nimaschi en Mumbai, further on we find the Temple of Vesta, a round construction of 16 columns as the one in Rome.
The Zoo has also several art Works, as the Girl with flowers, an exact replica of the Fallen Monkey made by the Italian Canova and copied by Pasan, an a female figure sculpted by the Argentine sculptress Lola Mora.
3. Argentine Rural Society (SRA)
Av. Sarmiento and Av. Santa Fe.
Since 120 years ago this is the most important center of exhibitions in Buenos Aires. It has 45.000m2 covered and four conference rooms. Every year, in this land “The Rural” is organized, one of the most important agricultural fairs in the world.
4. Monument to the Spanish
Avenue Sarmiento and Avenue del Libertador
Its real name is “The Magna Carta and The Tour Argentine Regions”, but its popular denomination is because in 1910 –year of the centenary of the May Revolution- the Spanish community donated the monument to the city. The work suffered several inconvenients: its author died after ending the sketch and the same happened with the successor, Cipriano Flojeras. That is why, though in 1910 the fundamental stone was placed, the gift was not ready for the centenary celebrations. The completion of the monument was delayed even more due to a shipwreck: in march 1916 the Spanish ship Prince Asturias sank in front Ilha Bela, in the brazilian shore and the original bronzes that were going to be part of the monument were left there. A year later replicas were required from Spain and finished in 1918. Finally it was inaugurated in May 25, 1927.
5. German Square
Avenue del Libertador, Avenue Casares, Castex and Cavia.
The design is from the French landscaper Carlos Thays, also author of the plans of the Botanical Garden. Inaugurated in 1914 with curly stone masons and a European garden. In 2004, the Government of the city and the neighbors decided to recoup its original design. One of the most important works was the valuable fountain “Argentine Agricultural Wealth”, donated by the German community in 1910 for the celebrations of the centenary. The fountain was made by the sculptor Adolfo Bredow and elaborated with lava from Rome (soft stone), Carrara marble and bronze.
6. Japanese Garden
Avenue Carlos Casares and Avenue Figueroa Alcorta.
Donated by the Japanese community from Buenos Aires, its reproduces a Japanese traditional garden. It has a lake with colorful fishes, a waterfall, a dry garden –zen style-a space for meditation, a tea house and a restaurant. The Garden has Japanese exhibitions and workshops related to the Japanese culture.
7. Persian Column
Avenue Figueroa Alcorta and Avenue Sarmiento
This column –gift from the Iranian Government- is known as “The column of the Persian Temple”. It is a replica of the columns of the Persepolis Palace, erected between the VI and V centurias b. C by Darío and Jerjes. It has nineteenth meters height and it has two ox heads.
8. February Third Park
Avenue del Libertador and Avenue Sarmiento
November 11, 1857, by initiative of the president Domingo Sarmiento, the Park February Third was inaugurated (date of the Caseros Battle). The original Project was in charge of the architects Ernesto Oldendorf, Fernando Mauduit and Jordan Wysocky, and was ended in 1876 by the architect Julio Dormal. The later expansions (between 1892 and 1913) were in charge of the landscaper Carlos Thays.
In the park, over Sarmiento Avenue between Libertador and Figueroa Alcorta, we find the monument to “Little Red Riding Hood”. Made in marble, bought by the municipality of Buenos Aires in 1937. Work of the French Jean Carlus.
In this area on of the most important milongas in the tango history was located: “Hansen's”. Between 1895 and 1910 it was the most popular night club in Buenos Aires. Located in the corner of what today is Sarmiento and Figueroa Alcorta avenues.
9. Galileo Galilei Planetary
Avenue Belisario Roldán and Avenue Sarmiento
The building has five floors, six stairs (one helicoidal) and a round room of 20 meters of diameter with 360 seats. In its semi-spherical dome-20 meters diameter and covered internally with aluminum sheets- the blue dome is projected. In the center of the room the authentic planetary is located: a machine of 5 meters high and 2,5 tones weight that has around 100 independent projectors for the moon, sun and planets that can be seen with a naked eye –Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn- and two spheres in the corners that project 8.900 stars.
In the lake the Surprised sculpture of the Italian Nicolás A. Ferrari is erected and a few meters away a monolith representing the wise polish Nicolás Copérnico.
In this land the first football match in Argentina was placed, in June 29, 1867. The teams of Buenos Aires Criquet Club and the crew of the english war ship Bombay played.
Avenue Infanta Isabel and Avenue Araola
The artificial lakes of Palermo were created by the extraction of land to built the embankment of the railway. They are surrounded by beautiful woods of tipas, eucalyptus, talas and ombues. You can rent boats with paddle or pedal. Near them we find the Museum Eduardo Sívori (Infanta Isabel 555), the oldest in the city, it has heritage of more than tour thousand five hundred Works of Argentine art: sculptures, tapestries and important collections of drawings and engravings.
11. Argentine Racecourse of Palermo
Avenue del Libertador al 4100
Opened in 1876, in the lands next to the Roses and February Third Parks. That day, trains couldn't cope with all the people willing to be there: ten thousand spectators were present in the first race were “Resbaloso” (slippery horse) won the race. The official grandstand and the Paris Cafe were part of the architectural heritage of the city. The Racecourse has a surface of six hectares and has three sand courses. Two are used exclusively for training and exercising. The main ones has 2.400 meters and is consider done of the best tracks in the world.
12. Rose Garden
Avenue Infanta Isabel, Iraola and Presidente P. Montt
It is the Heart of the February Third Park. Created in 1914 by the landscaper Carlos Thays. Originally there were rose trees and nowadays thare are more than 12.000.
Its most important attractions are the Andalusia Patio (built in 1929 and gifted by the Spanish city of Sevilla), the Arbor (covered by climbing roses) and the White Bridge (magnificent construction in wood that crosses the lake). In the center of the Rose Garden we find the Poets Garden, with sculptures 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 TV channel in the country. The building was opened in 1978 by the military dictatorship just before the Football World Cup in Argentina. The building –very expensive- ended the frequent movement of the Channel 7 studios, started operating in 1951.
In front the studios is the Chilean embassy. The building was built by the architects Bouchard and Technique. Opened in 1969. Clear functional style, recognized by its facade completely covered in stone from Mar del Plata.
Between avenues del Libertador, Tagle, Salguero and Juez Tedín
The design of Palermo Chico was made by the architect Carlos Thays –who also designed the Botanical Garden- in 1912. His intention was to organize a neighborhood with curved and irregular streets and abundant green areas with typical trees such as tipas, jacarandaes, palos borrachos, lapachos and ceibos.
3. Monument "The Archer of Saint Sebastián"
Av. del Libertador and Mariscal R. Castilla
Made by the Argentine sculptor Alberto Lagos. Represents a repentant archer trying to break his arch alter the torture of Saint Sebastián, preacher of catholicism, in times of the Diocesano emperor.
4. Institute Sanmartiniano
Grand Bourg Square
The institute was founded in 1933, the building –replica of the house of the general San Martin in Grand Bourg, France- was opened in 1946. Meters away from the entrance you can see the only monument that represents San Martin as a civil and old.
5. House of Victoria Ocampo and Embassy of Belgium.
Rufino Elizalde 2831
Work of the architects Alejandro Bustillo and Victoria Ocampo, built in 1929. Its owner was an important figure of the Argentine literary environment during the twentieth century and founder of the South magazine. Her sister was the writer Silvina Ocampo, wife of the writer Adolfo Bioy Casares. Today the house is of the National Fund of Arts. In front the house we find the Embassy of Belgium, built by the architect Alejandro Bustillo in 1930.
6. Chilean Square and its sculptures
Av. Del Libertador and Castilla
In the Squire there are Works in honor to the Chilean writers and Nobel prizes to Gabriela Mistral and Pablo Neruda, to the general O' Higgins (who fought for Chile's independence) and the helpers of the general San Martin.
7. National Museum of Decorative Art
Avenue del Libertador 1902
It is in a neoclassical palace, a work of 1911 by the French architect René Sergent. Its decoration shows the way of life of a sector of the Argentine society in the twentieth century. The collection of the museum is composed by furniture, sculptures, china, glasses, European and Eastern tapestries from the fourteenth Century to the twentieth Century.
8. Museum of Popular Art José Hernández
Avenue del Libertador 2373
Museum of popular art. Its collections includes tradicional and contemporary handicrafts in silver, horn, bone, wood, iron, pottery, basketry, textiles, glass, fantasy and musical instruments.
9. Alcorta Palace
Avenue Figueroa Alcorta 3301
The architect Mario Palanti designed it in 1927 –author of the Barolo Palace in May Avenue-. The building is divided in departments that are offices or housing. Originally, in the terrace there was a track for cars race. In the ground floor is the Renault Museum, a complex with bar and restaurant, rooms for events and an area destinated for cars exhibition.
10. Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires (Malba)
Avenue Figueroa Alcorta 3415
The building was designed by the Argentine architects Gustavo Atelman, Martín Fourcade and Alfredo Tapia. The museum has the collection of Eduardo Constantini, more than two hundred pieces with works 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, José Bedia Valdés, among others.
Palermo Viejo, Soho and Hollywood
1. Italia Square
Santa Fe 4000
One of the places with more movement of people and transports in the city. In the center the monument of the Italian Giuseppe Garibaldi. In the surroundings of the square the “mateos” park, horse carriages that make tourist tours.
2. Jorge Luis Borges Street
A typical neighbourhood street. The writer Jorge Luis Borges was born in August 4, 1899 in the center of the city, but two years later his family moved to the Lumber 2135 of this street. The house was not preserved, Borges lived in Palermo till 1914.
3. Julio Cortázar Square
Jorge Luis Borges and Honduras
It is the heart of Palermo Soho, called in this way for its bohemian environment. In the surroundings of the square there are bars, restaurants, libraries, workshops, furniture and clothes shops. The avant-garde design of Buenos Aires is in the area between the streets Costa Rica, Godoy Cruz, Malabia and Gorriti.
4. Palermo Soho Passages
Russel (Serrano al 1600), Santa Rosa (Serrano al 1700), Soria (Serrano al 1800)
They are traces of a failed urbanization, a neighbourhood that was never ended. Some of the most exclusive houses in the city are found hidden in these passages.
5. Darwin Passage
In the passage every weekend there is a fair of plastic arts and handicrafts. There are also cultural activities, shows and street artists.
6. Palermo Hollywood
Between Juan B. Justo, Santa Fe, Niceto Vega and Dorrego
The railway is the Boundary of Palermo Soho. On the other side we find Palermo Hollywood, name due to the cinema and TV studios, producers and radios located there. There area is recognized by its bars and quality of the restaurants: international dishes, ethnic cuisine and chef dishes.