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Those who love street art should definitely take a tour of Murals by Blu. Blu is not the artist, its the pseudonym of the artist who's been actively painting the streets in Buenos Aires and many other cities. Originally from Italy, the artist has been painting in several parts of the world since 1999. There are guided tours in Buenos Aires that take you around to see his works. His works are based on various social situations, for instance, his bicycle mural shows the city's pitiful traffic jam state and how a bicycle can be a better option to beat it! Blu's masterpieces are a must visit for art lovers.
9 de Julio Avenue is to Buenos Aires what the Champs Elysees is to Paris - if you have not walked along 9 de Julio Avenue, you have not truly experienced the city. Some of the city's most significant landmarks are right along or on this street, including the Obelisk and Teatro Colón. Honoring Argentina's Independence Day (July 9, 1816), the name of the street is pregnant with meaning. Argentinians take pride in the fact that 9 de Julio Avenue is probably the widest street in the world. Crossing this avenue means crossing three intersections. Some like to run through the lights to see who makes it through the quickest. What's the hurry? Take your time to enjoy the historic avenue.
This avenue used to be the centre of Porteño nightlife and it still retains the original bohemian amibiance immortalized in popular lore. In the 1930s it was widened and numerous cinemas, theatres, and restaurants quickly lined its sidewalks. Antique, rare and used bookstores are clustered here as well, interspersed with the traditional Porteño cafés. Exchange houses are easily located along this avenue for the many tourists who flock here. The Obelisco (Obelisk) and this famous avenue, constitute the city's icons, and the typical picture postcard view of Buenos Aires.
Located in what is sometimes called the microcentro or downtown area, this is one of the major tourist attractions in Buenos Aires. The street is closed to cars but that doesn't exactly make it easy to navigate. Spectators flood the long walkway in mass, passing by the innumerable shops, restaurants and arcades. In the evening the crowds die down and the street performers come out of the woodwork. Famous Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges used to live near here and reportedly enjoyed frequenting the street in the early morning hours. The famous strip starts at Avenida de Mayo and ends at Plaza San Martin.
The Palacio Barolo is a remarkable and luxurious building, designed by Italian architect Mario Palanti, by request of a powerful Argentinean textile tycoon. Finished in 1923, the Palacio Barolo was meant to be the final resting place of Dante Alighieri's ashes, a safe haven for the writer's remains far away from a war-torn Europe. That dream never came true, and today it is mainly used as an office building. Filled with countless exquisite references, to the Divine Comedy and wonderfully decorated, it was the tallest construction in South America for several years. The view of Buenos Aires city-center from the 24th floor is second to none. Guided tours are available.
Guided tours of the Governor's offices and Cabinet meeting rooms, allow visitors to learn about the history of the building. In addition, the guides give in-depth explanations of the city's three shields, that are painted above the lobby entrance. You can also witness the changing of the guards, here every half-hour during the weekends. These guards, are members of the oldest Argentine regiment, who fought against the English invaders in 1806.
The historic Subte Line A was inaugurated in December 1913 and is the 13th oldest underground subway line in the world. The length of the original network was approximately 7 kilometers (4.35 miles) and it originated from the Plaza de Mayo to the Plaza Miserere. Today, it extends to the Carabobo, and follows the old route via the Avenue de Mayo and Congreso. The line is further distinguished with running the same wooden cars that were used during its initial journey. These were built by the Belgian company La Brugeoise and is often regarded as heritage on wheels. The stations such as Peru and Congreso on the route retain the ornamentation and beauty from the time.
Founded by Juan de Garay in 1580, this is the original center of the city. The city's first monument, Pirámide de Mayo, is situated at its center. Important institutions flank the plaza: the Casa Rosada (President's Pink House), Banco de la Nación (Nation's Bank), Catedral Metropolitana and Cabildo (Town Hall). Internationally known for the Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, women gather here in a silent vigil, every Thursday at 3p to claim justice for their "disappeared" during the military rule in the 1980s.