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Located in one of the most important areas of Buenos Aires, Plaza Intendente Torcuato de Alvear is marked by lush green surroundings and beautifully landscaped gardens. Consisting of Recoleta Cemetry and Centro Cultural Recoleta, a beautiful church and the Maria Mayor Torcuato de Alvear monument overlooks the square. This spacious square is also reputed for hosting numerous big art fairs and festivals, and is bordered by several bars, cafes and restaurants.
La Recoleta was a church graveyard until 1882, when the Governor opened it to the general public and renamed it Cemetery of the North. Small, and situated on the city's most valuable land, its importance resides in the many illustrious people that rest here. One of the most visited tombstones is Eva Peron's. The majority of materials used in the construction of tombs between 1880 and 1930 were imported from Paris and Milan, and important sculptural works grace many of the tombs. Every Sunday there are free guided visits at 2:30pm.
Known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Buenos Aires, the Recoleta Cemetery is the final resting place for some of Argentina's most prominent families. A trip to the cemetery is not complete until Eva Peron's gravesite is found. One of the most beloved figures in Argentine history, Evita, is probably the most visited grave in the whole cemetery, and all of Argentina. The grave is difficult to find, hidden amongst the 6,400 tombs in the graveyard town, so just look out for flowers and a large congregation of people taking photos. - Alexandra Lazar
The construction of this new headquarters for the National Library was started in the 1950s. It was inaugurated in 1992, after a number of difficulties. These premises are set in the middle of several large gardens. The entrance to the library is either at Aguero or Austria streets. The library boasts more than five million books, arranged in three basements. At the first basement, there is a comprehensive newspaper and magazine archive featuring provincial as well as national editions. At the comfortable auditorium there are always interesting seminars and exhibits.
The Galería Alvear is located on one of the most select avenues of the city. Attached to the Alvear Palace Hotel, the gallery caters to a very distinguished clientele. You will find exclusive jewelry, arts and antiques stores, boutiques and some apparels shops here. Every store has its own timings, so be sure to make your enquiries before heading for this place.
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.
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.
From the 19th Century to the middle of the 20th Century, this place functioned as a prison, measuring around twenty thousand square meters. In February of 1961 the City Hall of Buenos Aires acquired the ground, but abandoned it until 1982. In that year, the Plaza Juan Gregorio Las Heras was born, and it became a place of recreation and dissemination of information, receiving visitors in large numbers. In recent times, they have implemented a series of activities for the family. In one sector, a soccer school for boys on synthetic pasture functions every day. There is also a terrace for skaters and sufficient space for children to ride on their tricycles. There is a merry-go-round that is still quite popular with the tots. In other sectors of the park, classes of gymnastics, yoga and aerobics are held.