AIRES DOWN TOWN
The Centro is the heart of our City,
where you can find all of major banks, international
hotels and a wide variety of shopping malls, shops,
culture and entertainment. One of attractions is Florida
Street, a pedestrian walkway where you can find a lot
of commercial galleries ans shops. Walking down at the
intersection with Córdoba Ave. you will find
Galerías Pacífico, an important shopping
mall with a gorgeous architecture from the end of the
century (1891), where you can admire old high valued
You will find Plaza San Martín in the Santa Fe
Avenue, a historical square and one of the most beautifull
Aires. In the past was the last bull square of our
city. The english invasion from 1806 and 1807 where
taking place here. A nice place to take pictures!
9 de Julio Ave. cross the centre of the city , and it
is the widest avenue in the world with 140 metres from
its extremes. When crossing Corrientes ave. you will
find the Obelisk, a memorial for the two foundations
Aires in 1536 and 1580. It's the symbol of the "porteños"
(people from Buenos Aires)
Another interesting point is the famous Santa Fe Ave.,
full of shoe shops, commercial galleries, shopping centers,
bookshops and cafes and bars; from Plaza San Martin
till the Botanic Garden in Palermo neighbourhoud.
We recomend to pay a visit
in all his extension, as you can find interesting points
everywhere. For example:
The magnificient Palacio San Martin (french architecture),
with 8100 square meters (1909), ex-property of the Anchorena
family. In front of it you will find the actual site
for the Argentinian Chancellery, a modern and gorgeous
glass tower. In the other side you will find the Monument
for the Heroes of the Malvinas (Falklands) where you
will find the name of the argentinian soldiers died
during the war against the United Kingdom in 1982.
You can find in front of this monument
the English Tower or Monumental Tower (English rennaisance
style), a present from the british community to Argentina
in the centennial of our Revolution of May 1810.
In front of it you will find the english
style building of the train station Retiro.
From the other side you can see the glass towers of
the Alem Ave. Besides you will find the highest building
in Latin America in 1936: the Kavannagh, a 32 storey
tower with 12 lifts. Its old owner sold two farms to
support this project that took 14 months to be built.
In the other side of the Santa Fe Ave.
you will see the "Circulo Militar", one of
the most gorgeous buildings, built in 1925 in french
style with 1200 square meters. It used to be the house
of the family Paz, and guests like the Prince of Wales
and the Marajah of Kapurtala have been there. In the
corner you will find the Museum of Weapons of the Nation,
with a vast collection from our country and abroad,
from the 17th century till nowadays (timetable click
Cerrito Street and 9 de Julio Ave you will find the
famous Colón Theatre, national proud and gorgeous
building with an incredible acoustic, as per opera critics.
Considered one of the best lyric theatre of the world
and between the three more important regarding symphony.
Its central light has 7 meters of diameter and 700 lights.
Artists like Caruso, masters like Stravinsky, Strauss,
Juan J. Castro, Manuel de Falla, the dancer Nijinsky,
Maria Callas and Pavarotti amongst others. You can access
it by Plaza Lavalle, where you can see in front of it
the magnificient Palacio de Tribunales, designed in
1889. The pillars are from greek, roman and egipcian
In the corner with Córdoba Ave.
you will find the nice National Theatre Cervantes, from
Spanish style, a gift from 1921 by the Counts of Brazalote,
whom have used all his properties to finance this construction.
PACIFICO & CALLE FLORIDA
Galerías Pacífico is
another attraction, one of the gorgeous shopping malls
in the Americas with paintings (frescos) from the master
Spilimbergo (El dominio de las fuerzas naturales),
from Urruchúa (La Fraternidad), from
Colmeiro (La Pareja Humana); from Castagnino
(La Vida doméstica) and the master
Berni (El Amor). In the last floor you will
find the Cultural Centre Borges and the Ballet School
of Julio Bocca.
Florida street till Corrientes Ave. has the most important
concentration of shops, mainly for leather articles,
bookstores and clothing.