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La Rioja is a province in the northwest of the country, at the Cuyo region. The Casa de La Rioja provides information about the province, and offers several activities related to it.
After an exhaustive and careful restoration of this beautiful 1919 theater, the biggest bookstore in Latin America opened in what used to be the old Grand Splendid cinema. Without altering the old structure—twinned with the Opera de Paris theatre—it still has its original features and magnificent friezes, like the one on the spectacular dome. There is now a cafeteria in place of the stage, where you can read books taken from the bookshelves. There are also reading places on the corners of the main floor and in the old balconies on the first floor, furnished with tables and comfortable armchairs, computers for searching or online purchasing and an area dedicated to children, 'El Ateneo Junior', with interactive games and storytelling. There is also a small music stage, CDs and DVDs for sale, art exhibitions on the third floor and facilities for watching DVDs.
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.
This palace receives the Camera of Senators and the Camera of Representatives of the nation. Victor Meano who was the architect of this palace, emphasized on the Italian style and classical memoirs of that era. The center of the facade, with its ramps and Corinthian styled stoops, is definitely worth a see. There is an imposing dome, and other many important sculptures representing justice and equality among men. The visits are free and guided, and it is recommended that you arrive in business attire.
Named for its location directly, across from the National Congress Building, this plaza contains a large monolith, that represents the start for all its national highways. This plaza almost encompasses three city blocks (its western-most point along Ave. de Mayo), and is an ideal place for recreation and rest. One of the city's best and most valuable sculptures, is a bronze reproduction of The Thinker by Auguste Rodin, which can be found in the plaza.
Balvanera is one of Buenos Aires' lesser known barrios, however it is nonetheless teaming with places to see and things to do. The barrio can be divided into three separate sub-barrios, namely Abasto, Congreso and Once, each of which boasts a distinctive character of its own. The regal, Greco-Roman building of the Argentine National Congress is certainly worth a visit, while the Plaza del Congreso, with its many monuments, is an attraction in itself. Other points of interest include the mausoleum of former president Bernardino Rivadavia, Casa Carlos Gardel and the mural-lined streets of Abasto. Abundantly endowed with nightclubs, bars, restaurants, hotels and shopping centers, Balvanera is a haven for tourists on a budget. The neighborhood is best visited during the day time.
What was once the home of the legendary tango and actor Carlos Gardel has now been transformed into a museum showcasing all of his works. Besides they also have various exhibitions which feature documents, photographs, records, still photos from a number of his films. Besides, it also has works of director who have made Carlos Gardel a celebrity and even works from other Latin American actors. The Museo Casa Carlos Gardel also conducts workshops for upcoming artists and actors.
Adorned with park side restaurants, cafes, and art galleries, Recoleta is one of the most fashionable and popular neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. Tourists and locals alike are drawn in by the European-style architecture, outdoor street fairs on the weekends, and multitude of upscale boutiques and bars. Make sure to check out the beautiful and lavish Cementerio de la Recoleta, as well as the enormous Plaza Francia.