Buenos Aires, Argentina: information about the city and sights

Buenos Aires sights

The other day Tripadvisor updated its top 30 most visited sights in Buenos Aires. I glanced through it and it got kind of frustrating: museums, private businesses, temples, urban neighborhoods, all mixed up. Especially for the visitors of this site I have selected from the list of really interesting and beautiful attractions of Buenos Aires. We ended up with only 15. I would call them the bare minimum that everyone must see when getting to the best city on earth.

The Planetario Galileo Galilei building, which looks like a flying saucer that landed on a gorgeous green space by the Palermo Lakes. During the day it works for visitors, and at night it either shimmers peacefully with hundreds of lights or becomes a concert stage.

The giant mechanical flower, Floralis Generica, is a gift to the citizens of the city from an anonymous philanthropist. The structure is more than 20 meters high and is made of steel and aluminum. Giant petals of the flower slowly open in the morning and also gradually begin to close as soon as the sun goes out of the zenith. At the same time, the entire structure rotates after the sun.

The Palace of Congress is right across from the presidential palace and is famous for a few things: the square where the homeless live, the constant protests that take place in the square and the beautiful 80-meter copper dome. And in general it is an undeniably beautiful building.

Locals call it the Torre Monumental or Torre de los Ingleses. It was given to Argentina for the centennial of independence by the British. Later the tower was attacked by patriots during the war over the Falkland Islands (Malvinas). Now it is just a beautiful British-style tower and just a beautiful landmark in Buenos Aires.

Argentinians pronounce the word Obelisco as strangely as most words with an “s” followed by a consonant. It’s more “obelisco” than “obelisco.” This 67-meter high symbol of the city was built in 1936 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the founding of Buenos Aires. It took less than a month to build and plays no special role in the life of the city. The obelisk is more of a gathering place for protesting citizens and a symbolic designation of the city center. It is the place where the Argentine national flag is said to have been hoisted for the first time.

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Plaza San Martin – although it is called a “square”, it actually looks more like a park. In fact, it’s one of my favorite parks in Buenos Aires. There’s a 200-year-old giant ficus named Homer, and the sloping part of the square is generally one of the best places in the city to sit and admire the sunset sky and planes.

If San Martin Square is one of my favorite parks, Lagos de Palermo is definitely my favorite. It’s quiet, peaceful, with only geese, ducks, and flowering trees. You can go there for the whole day with a blanket, a favorite book, a couple of sandwiches and a couple of liters of water. It’s beautiful and spacious.

Plaza de Mayo is one of the main landmarks of Buenos Aires. Even though it’s not the most beautiful place in Buenos Aires. There are always some protests held here (because the presidential palace stands on this square), it’s quite dirty and generally uncomfortable. Despite this, in addition to the presidential palace from this square you can see several old buildings, closely connected with the history of Argentina.

Casa Rosada is the presidential palace. It is located on the Plaza de Mayo. This is where the president of Argentina works. On weekends and holidays, anyone who wants to come here for a free tour after making an appointment on the website, and even sometimes go into the president’s office.

Palacio de Aguas Corrientes is the most beautiful building in Buenos Aires. You won’t believe it, but this landmark is, roughly speaking, the city’s waterworks building. It was built in the late nineteenth century as a “shell” for a water reservoir and a hub for the city water supply. Now there is a museum of water hygiene, whose exhibitions are devoted to the history of sanitary control of the quality of drinking water.

The Puente de la Mujer is a beautiful pedestrian drawbridge by the architect Santiago Calatrava. One of the most famous and important landmarks and a symbol of Buenos Aires. In particular people gather on it during Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

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Palacio Barolo is the first skyscraper in Argentina and all of Latin America. Its height is 100 meters, it was built in 1923. Its twin brother, the Palacio Salvo, adorns the main square of Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay. When the roof of the Palacio Barolo was turned on the lighthouse installed there, its light could be seen from the nearby Uruguayan town of Colonia del Sacramento.

The Recoleta Cemetery is one of the most important landmarks of Buenos Aires. People go here to see the famous cemetery cats, peek through the ajar doors of some crypts, visit the grave of Evita Perón and take some pictures against the beautiful cemetery buildings.

Paseo el Rosedal Park – in Russian it would be called a rose garden. It is a huge regular park that is adjacent to the Palermo Lakes and the summer garden. The entire garden is planted with roses of all kinds of shapes and sizes. There are lots of benches, and you can find bees in the spring and fall. The rose garden is a favorite attraction for tourists from all countries, but the Russians especially like it here for some reason.

Cristobal Colón is Christopher Columbus. His name is given to the main theater in Argentina. How it got the first place of Tripadvisor users is beyond me. Of course, the inside of the theater is much more beautiful than the outside. And the fact that the tourists, who left reviews about the theater, all as one went to the performances – I would not believe even under torture. Nevertheless, it is the Colón Theater that tops this rating of Buenos Aires attractions.

There are no museums, restaurants, or other establishments in this ranking of Buenos Aires attractions. Nor are there any tango shows or viewing platforms. I’ll write a separate post about these places, I promise.

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Keep in mind the time difference. In Buenos Aires, it is always six hours less than in Moscow. For example, Moscow noon corresponds to 6 am in Buenos Aires.


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