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Centro, the bustling downtown area, is the heart of Buenos Aires. It embraces several barrios: San Nicolás, Montserrat, Retiro (p --), among others. Foreigners popularly call the area around Plaza de Mayo, “the Microcenter” and near the Congressional building “Congreso.” The Centro, though, is much more than that. Avenida de Mayo connects the presidential palace, Casa Rosada, with Plaza Congreso and the legislative branch of government. In between are countless shops, restaurants, bars, clubs, statues, foot-malls, parks, banks and fountains. Calle Corrientes is the cultural strip of the city, with myriads of theaters and bookstores. Calle Florida, radiating toward Plaza San Martín, is downtown’s financial and shopping district. Most of the major subte (subway) stations can be accessed from here and offer easy transport to most sections of the city. The area is fairly safe and is constantly the site of political action in the form of protests, parades and fireworks.

Other neighborhoods in Buenos Aires: Tigre, La Boca, Near Buenos Aires, Almagro, Northern Suburbs: Vincente Lopez, Olivos, San Isidro, Recoleta, San Telmo, Flores, Villa Paranacito and Retiro.

13 Jun 2011

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Museo Casa Rosada

Eva PerĂłn must be the most controversial former figure of Casa Rosada; hers was the only portrait vandalized while the museum was undergoing restoration in 2007. Slices run across the eyes and neck ...
Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Plaza De Mayo

117018Plaza de Mayo is the most historically significant spot in Buenos Aires, and perhaps its number one tourist destination. Plaza de Mayo has been in the same location and at the political heart of ...
City Plaza
Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Casa Rosada

120687Going through every shade of pink since it was first painted this color during the presidency of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento in 1870, the Pink House on Plaza de Mayo is the headquarters of the ...
Culture and Arts, Historical Building
Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Catedral Metropolitana

Overlooking Plaza de Mayo is one of the most beautiful buildings in the city, though it could be mistaken for a government building or law courts, with its heavy columns and no obvious religious ...
Historical Building
Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Manzana De Las Luces

This collection of buildings southwest of Plaza de Mayo is the site of B.A.\'s “intellectual beginnings.” In the early 1800s, Jesuit monks established the city\'s first school of medicine here, ...
Historical Building
Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo De La Cuidad

The original mission of the City Museum, when it opened in the late 60s, was to bring together “the history of the city of Buenos Aires, its inhabitants, their customs, architecture and the ...
Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Luna Park

Originally built to host boxing during the golden age of Argentine boxing–there is still the occasional fight-Luna Park is now a mid-size, high profile music venue. While blockbuster acts like U2 ...
Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Etnografico Juan B Ambrosetti

If you don\'t have time to visit other parts of Argentina then it\'s worth taking a look at this informative little museum to get a taste of the many indigenous cultures which make up the ...
Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Basilica De Santo Domingo

If the walls of this Dominican church could speak they'd have quite a story to tell. In 1806 the British took the church, withstanding heavy fire from outside, and later in the 19th century, the ...
Historical Building
Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo De La Policia Federal

You may find yourself the only patron of this often overlooked museum but this only adds to the creepy atmosphere. For anyone interested in gory crime scenes, drug busts, illegal gambling and ...
Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Mitre

You\'ve seen him on the $2 peso bill, and the B line of the Subte is named after him, but if you want to learn more about Bartolomé Mitre then spend a while at this museum, inside a grand mansion ...
Centro, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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