- The city
The neighborhood´s name is honor to the Convent of the Recoleta Bear foots (opened in 1716) and now one of the most elegants of the city.
1. National Library, Agüero 2502
The National Library was opened in 1811. It has a collection of around 2.000.000 copies and a newspaper library, the most important one in Latin America. The current building was designed by the architect Clorindo Testa with the help of Alicia Cazzaniga and Francisco Bullrich. From the design until its opening in 1992 three decades went by. It has nine reading rooms with space for 940 people and an auditorium and a librarian school, among other features.
2. Oriental Republic of Uruguay Square, Av. del Libertador, Austria, Tagle and Av. Figueroa Alcorta
In the center of the square a monument of the General José Gervasio de Artigas is erected. Work of the sculptor José Luis Zorrilla de San Martín and the architect Alejandro Bustillo.
3. Mitre Square, Avenida del Libertador and Luis Agote
Behind the gully of this square, surrounding the roundabout of Gelly and Obes we find one of the most exclusive residential areas in Buenos Aires. Between the buildings of French architecture, the British Embassy stands out.
Bartolomé Mitre was and outstanding Argentine politic borned in 1821 and elected president in 1862.
4. France Square, Av. del Libertador, Ricardo Levene, Dr. Luis Agote and Av. Pueyrredón
The central monument was built by a French sculptor, Edmond Peynot. Inaugurated in 1910 and it was the first one to be erected in our country, donated by a foreign community because of the centenary of the May Revolution.
5. National Museum of Fine, Avenue ddel Libertador 1473
The most important one in the country and one of the main museums in America. It has 32 rooms where exhibitions are permanently carried out. Its collection is around 10.000 pieces.
Works that stand out are from: Goya, El Greco, Tintoretto, Rembrandt, Degas, Van Gogh, Picasso, Kandinsky, Miró, Bourdelle, Rodín, Cándido López, Prilidiano Pueyrredón, etc.
6. Law University, Av. Figueroa Alcorta 2263
The Law School of the Buenos Aires University was opened in 1821 by the rector Dr. Antonio Sáenz. The building is the result of many preliminary plans left in charge of the architects Arturo Ochoa, Ismael Chiapore and Pedro Vivent. It is inspired in the most pure doric style, with not other decration than the one that its monumental structure presents, as the classic style requieres. It is from 1949 and occupies a surface of 40.000 square meters.
Inside the building there is a museum, art gallery and library.
7. Torcuato de Alvear Square, between Av. del Libertador, Pueyrredón, Alvear and Junín
Here, on weekends, one of the most prestigious crafts fairs in Buenos Aires is raised. One of the places of the city with more street artists. There are historic buildings and a commercial center.
8. Monument to General C. M. Alvear
The monument to General Carlos María de Alvear is a work of the sculptor Antonio Emilio Bourdelle, disciple and helper of the french Auguste Rodin. Bourdelle took almost ten years in building it. The general Carlos María de Alvear was helper San Martín, president of the Assembly of the year XIII and Supreme Director of the United Provinces of Rio de la Plata in 1815.
9. Palais de Glace, Posadas 1725
Since 1911 to 1921 the first ice skating rink built in Buenos Aires. Then it became an elegant tango ballroom. Nowadays it is a center of art exhibition.
10. Av. Alvear and Hotel Alvear, Originally called Bella Vista, designed in 1885 by initiative of the first Mayor of Buenos Aires, don Torcuato de Alvear, and is in honor to his father Carlos María de Alvear.
The hotel is one of the most important ones in the city, The building is from 1928. It has 280 rooms and wide balconies facing the river.
11. Cultural Center Recoleta, Junín 1930
Opened in 1979, operates in a building of the nineteenth century that belonged to the Recoleta monks. The alterations were in charge of the architects Jacques Bedel, Luis Benedit and Clorindo Testa. It has 27 exhibition rooms, where you can see plastic arts, concerts, theatre, dances, performances, electro acoustic music, videos, etc.
12. Basilica Our Lady of Pilar, Junín 1892
Finished in 1732, building in charge of the Jesuit architect Andrés Blanqui. It still keeps the altarpiece, great part of the images and elements of that time in which the Recoleta monks lived in the convent. Next to the church a small museum operates.
13. Recoleta Cemetery, Junín 1790
Once the vegetable garden of the monks which then turned into a public cemetery in 1822, after the expulsion by the religious order. In its almost six hectares the remains of national heroes, worries of the independence, presidents of the Republic, writers, scientists and artists lie.
14. Gastronomic Area: Since the popularity of the bar La Biela the area was crowded with restaurants, cinemas, places to dance, cafes and bars that finished modeling the physiognomy of the neighborhood. It is one of the most visited area in the city, both during the day and at night.
15. Bar La Biela, Quintana and Roberto M. Ortiz
It has the same name since 1942 (Before it was Cafe Aero Bar), when it became the meeting point of the youth interested in motoring. Its success boosted the development of shops and gastronomic businesses in front of the Cemetery. In 1999 it was declared Place of Cultural Interest by the legislature of the city. The bar is located in Quintana Avenue, as it appears in the plans of Cristóbal Barrientos from 1772. It was called “the long street” because no other one crossed it until Callao Avenue.