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Top Things To Do in Buenos Aires

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Known for its vibrant nightlife and fascinating architecture, Argentina's multicultural capital is a leading tourist destination. From tango lessons and barrios full of character, to its famous parillas or steakhouses and countless live music venues, Buenos Aires offers diverse alternatives for exploration.

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires

Founded in 2001 and started with just the permanent collection owned by its director, Eduardo Constantini, MALBA aims at promoting Latin American art in all its disciplines. Constantini donated to this post-modern gallery works of art that take us on a journey through the history of Spanish American art, from the beginning of its avant-garde movement at the turn of the century to the present. The Colección Costantini is arranged in such a way to expose the similarities as well as the differences between the artists, other than in chronological order. There are workshops, children activities, temporary exhibitions and work experience for students.

3415 Avenida Figueroa Alcorta, Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1425
Teatro Colón

The magnificence of the Teatro Colon is well known to the music-loving world. Touted to be one of the best opera houses in the world, it is the epitome of architectural opulence combined with technical excellence. Inaugurated on May 25, 1908, with the opera Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, the theater's impeccable architecture reflects the sheer beauty of the Italian Renaissance. The early construction of the theater was finished in 1908 under the mastery of Charles Pellegrini. For 30 years, it took the western classical music world by storm with its perfect acoustics. Once the theater started declining, massive efforts were undertaken to restore the glory of this marvel. Today, the elaborate plaster moldings, the gargantuan chandelier amidst the colorful frescoes and the sweeping staircases of the intricately carved foyer manage to capture the hearts of art and music lovers. The world's finest ballets and operas including those of Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Puccini have been performed here at numerous galas. Ranked among the top five performance venues in the world in terms of acoustic excellence, Teatro Colón defines unparalleled opulence.

628 Cerrito, Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1010
Estadio Alberto J. Armando

Home to one of the top Argentine football clubs and one of the most emblematic stadiums in the world, Estadio Alberto J. Armando is the modern icon of the sportsman spirit. Dating back to the year 1940, the stadium is often lovingly called La Bombonera or The Chocolate Box because of its unique shape. A flat, towering stand that distinguishes itself from the three grandstands has earned the stadium the moniker of a chocolate box. Boca Juniors, a premier Argentina soccer club, found its home in the new stadium after the old one was demolished. Football enthusiasts have admired the venue for its exquisite shape and impeccable acoustics. The stadium has witnessed some of the biggest international artists like Backstreet Boys and Elton John take the audience by storm with their performances. A museum with soccer exhibits is housed inside the stadium.

805 Brandsen, Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1161
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes

Opened in 1896, the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes has 32 exhibit halls with state of the art technology for both traditional and multimedia shows. Its permanent collection—the oldest piece dating from the 12th Century—includes European masters such as Goya, Renoir, Van Gogh, Rodin and Bourdelle. Works by Argentine masters from the 19th and 20th Centuries, including Juan Carlos Castagnino and Benito Quinquela Martín are also featured. There is a library open to the public and workshops for art restoration and editing of audio-visuals.

1473 Avenida del Libertador, Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1425
Casa Rosada

While Plaza de Mayo is flanked by some of the most important national monuments, Casa Rosada stands out as the most awe-inspiring among them. Tinted with a warm shade of pink, this Rose House is the opulent residence of the President of Argentina. The palace was formerly a fort, built in the year 1580 by Juan de Garay, along with the very foundations of Buenos Aires and Plaza de Mayo. The characteristic neoclassical portico was commissioned by President Bernardino Rivadavia in the year 1820. The iconic pink color is a result of President Domingo Sarmiento's efforts towards the beautification of the former fort. The red and white colors of Argentina's two opposing parties, Federalists and Unitarians respectively, were mixed to paint the exteriors of the palace, as a way to minimize political differences. The palace is a fine example of a melange of Italianate and Eclectic architectural styles. The interiors of the palace comprising of grand salons and chambers are drenched in Baroque influences with gilded carvings. A museum behind the main palace exhibits the Presidential history of Argentina with a plethora of historical memorabilia. A national historic monument and one of the most emblematic structures of Argentina, the Pink Palatial Residence is a stellar example of architectural excellence.

50 Balcarce, Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1064
Plaza de Mayo

From mass demonstrations, political rallies and protests to citizens quietly zooming around catering to their chores, the opulent heritage buildings and monuments of Plaza de Mayo have witnessed everything. The origin of the plaza is as old as the city itself and was founded by Juan de Garay in 1580. Named after the May Revolution, the plaza has been the center of politics of Buenos Aires and harbors some of the most important structures. The oldest monument of the city, Pirámide de Mayo is a white obelisk with an allegorical statue representing liberty perched on the top end. The grandeur of Italianate mansion Casa Rosada which is the official residence of the President of Argentina, cannot be missed as it sets the magnificent backdrop of the monumental obelisk. The town hall, national bank and Catedral Metropolitana are some of the major significant buildings that flank the plaza. The city square comes alive with the multi-hued illuminations and lights after sundown.

Avenida Rivadiva, Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1084
La Recoleta Cemetery

La Recoleta Cemetery, once a church graveyard, was opened for the public in 1882. Located in one of the most affluent barrios of Buenos Aires, the cemetery is a surprising contrast to the conventional ideas of eerie and dark graveyards around the world. Touted to be one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world, La Recoleta houses over 6,000 final resting places, including those of some of the most notable people. While the neo-classical gates open to the poignant premises, the architecture of some of the mausoleums is intricate and varied. From Baroque to Art Deco, several mausoleums and graves line the shadowy walkways. Former Argentine presidents, actors, writers are interred inside the mausoleums of this cemetery. Tombstone of Eva Peron, one of the most influential First Ladies of the country, lies in the cemetery and it is also one of the most visited graves.

1760 Junín, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1113
La Boca

A barrio that gets its name from its Genoese influence, La Boca is one of the liveliest of Buenos Aires' 48 neighborhoods. This spirited neighborhood that is located at the mouth of the Matanza River features a distinct personality, one that is interspersed with Italian influences. At the heart of La Boca lies El Caminito, a cobbled walkway memorable for its ragtag of colored houses, derived from a rich immigrant history. The colors have remained a cultural staple of the area to this day. Amid this cornucopia of houses, small open spaces are dominated by buskers, vendors and tango artists. A cultural spirit grips this neighborhood, as can be seen from captivating theatrical and musical performances at El Teatro de La Ribera and traditional troupes that perform at the vibrant Feria de Artesanos Caminito street fair. La Boca is also renowned as being home to Boca Juniors, one of the premier soccer clubs in the world.

La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1160
Puerto Madero

It is difficult to imagine the happening neighborhood of Puerto Madero as a dilapidated port that was once left unattended. Puerto Madero was built in the 19th Century with the purpose of accommodating cargo ships that couldn't find a suitable place thanks to shallow river waters. As cargo ships grew larger, the brick docks soon became defunct and were lined with abandoned warehouses. The restoration of the port started in the 1990s to change the face of this old port and how! Considered to be one of the most chic areas of the city, Puerto Madero's old warehouses are now replaced with postmodernist corporate centers and luxury hotels. The traditional buildings have been maintained even in the face of this massive refurbishment. While the towering condominiums and Hilton skyscrapers dominate the skyline, the Renaissance Revival Libertador Building that houses the Argentine Ministry of Defence looks just as magnificent. The district is thriving with commercial establishments, residential lofts and quaint sidewalk cafes. Naval museums housed in historic ships of Argentine Armada, Corbeta Uruguay and the Fragata Sarmiento are moored along the walkway in the dock area. The ecological reserve nestled amidst the Rio de la Plata that falls in this neighborhood is ideal for pedestrians, locals, tourists who want to enjoy bird watching or gaze at the yachts in the glistening waters.

Avenida Alicia Moreau de Justo, Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1007
Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral

The Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral faces the historic city center Plaza de Mayo and is one of the most significant churches in Buenos Aires. This Catholic cathedral was finished in 1862 when the facade and the imposing Corinthian columns of the pronaos at the entrance were completed. A mix of various architectural styles like Neo-Baroque and Neo-Renaissance are evident here. Its renaissance elements include the tiled dome and the architectural floor plan of a Latin cross, comprised of three naves, divided by pilasters and interconnected chapels. The Baroque altar made in the Rococo style is an opulent relic of history. Frescoes and paintings depicting scenes from the Bible are some of the sights which simply cannot be missed. The remains of the Great Liberator General José de San Martín rest in a guarded mausoleum, flanked by three statues representing Liberty, Commerce and Labour along with seals of the nation's neighboring countries of Chile and Peru.

27 San Martín, Buenos Aires, Argentina, C1004
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