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Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Buenos Aires Attractions

Buenos Aires is a city with rich roots with plenty of cultural hot spots to check out. Its history is an important part of its culture as it’s reflected in the music, literature, art and way of life.

Landmarks
Many avenues throughout the city are known for their beauty or historical importance. One of these is Avenida Alvear which is lined with elegant hotels, embassies and impressive mansions. The Nueve de Julio (9th of July) Avenue is one of the widest in the world. It was named in honor of the date in which Buenos Aires obtained its independence from Spain. Avenue Corrientes on the other hand does not boast historical importance, but it’s associated with Tango and that makes it important to Argentineans.

The Plaza de Mayo has witnessed major historical events. It’s one of the most important Buenos Aires attractions. Its surrounding areas include the Casa Rosada where the Executive Branch of Government sits and the Metropolitan Cathedral. In the center of the Square stands the Obelisk built to celebrate the first anniversary of Buenos Aires’ independence.

The Metropolitan Cathedral is a magnificent example of design. Its exterior is 1800s Neoclassic with a rococo interior. The altar contains a mausoleum. It’s the final resting place of Argentina’s independence hero General San Martin. Outside the cathedral an eternal flame was placed to honor his memory. Today it’s the Head church of the Archbishop of Buenos Aires.

The city has built an interesting Buenos Aires attraction on the site where Juan and Eva Peron lived. It’s the National Library. It houses over five million books and its construction and design make it worth a visit. This is the largest library in the Americas.

The love for theater and music has made Buenos Aires a center of culture in Latin America. A cultural icon and a must see of Buenos Aires attractions is the Colon Theater. It was built in 1908 and it’s considered the world’s major opera house along with La Scala in Milan.

Buenos Aires attractions also boast uniqueness. In this vibrant city, visitors can find outlandish and exotic icons such as Floralis Generica. This is a large metal flower that opens its petals in the morning and closes them when the sun goes down.

Museums
The Cabildo de Buenos Aires is the seat of government today. It houses a museum that relates the wars and struggles toward independence. It offers great views of the Plaza de Mayo.

Another interesting museum is the Museo of Arte Moderno built inside an old tobacco factory. It’s the ideal place to witness talent of young Latin American artists.

Tip: The museum has a wing dedicated to old masters like Matisse and Dali. Don’t miss the guided tour.

The most visited of all museums however, is the Museo de Arte Popular. Its main goal is to preserve indigenous crafts and unique works. These include textiles, rugs, decorative masks and carnival costumes.

Buenos Aires attractions also include botanical gardens, a grand soccer stadium, and of course a vibrant nightlife.
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