Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina, and the second-largest metropolitan area in South America, after Greater São Paulo. Buenos Aires is one of the 20 largest cities in the world.It is, along with Mexico City and São Paulo, one of the three Latin American cities considered an 'alpha city' by the study GaWC5

Buenos-aires-panorama

Buenos Aires, Argentina has the third best quality of life of Latin American cities.It is the most visited city in South America (ahead of Rio de Janeiro) and the second most visited city across Spanish Latin America (behind Mexico City).

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It is also one of the most important, largest and most populous of South American capitals, often referred to as the Paris of South America.Buenos Aires is a top tourist destination,and is known for its European-style architecture and rich cultural life, with the highest concentration of theatres in the world.People from Buenos Aires are referred to as porteños (people of the port). The city is the birthplace of the current pope,Francis (former Archbishop of Buenos Aires), and Queen Máxima of the Netherlands.

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Interesting >

Football is a passion for Argentines.Buenos Aires has the highest concentration of football teams of any city in the world, with many of its teams playing in the major league. 

The Buenos Aires Underground is the oldest underground system in the Southern Hemisphere and second oldest in the Spanish-speaking world after Madrid's in Spain.

The-buenos-aires-underground

Argentina has the highest readership in Latin America, surpassing the 74% of readers per year. Buenos Aires is the Latin American city with more libraries and reading centers.

The University of Buenos Aires, one of the top learning institutions in South America, has produced five Nobel Prize winners and provides taxpayer-funded education for students from all around the globe.

The-university-of-buenos-aires

Buenos Aires is an important fashion capital. In 2005, Buenos Aires was appointed as the first UNESCO City of Design.The city received this title once again in 2007.

The city also plays host to musical festivals, some of the largest of which are Quilmes Rock, Creamfields BA and The Buenos Aires Jazz Festival.

Tango music's birthplace is in Argentina. Its sensual dance moves were not seen as respectable until adopted by the Parisian high society in the 1920s, and then all over the world. 

Strongly influenced by European culture, Buenos Aires is sometimes referred to as the "Paris of South America".The city has the busiest live theater industry in Latin America, with scores of theaters and productions.

Every April in the city, The Buenos Aires International Book Fair is celebrated; it is one of the top five book fairs in the world, oriented to the general public as well as to the literary community .

The-buenos-aires-international-book-fair

"La Noche de los Museos"(Night of Museums) also takes place every November. On this day, most of the museums of the city are open all night long. Buenos Aires is also very active in street art, with major murals everywhere in the city.

Places of Interest >

Kavanagh building - the Art Deco residential building was the first true skyscraper in Buenos Aires

Kavanagh-building

National Congress - Argentine Parliament

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National Library - the largest library in Argentina and one of the most important in the Americas

National-library-of-the-argentine-republic National-library-night

The Obelisk - one of the city's iconic landmarks and a venue for various cultural activities and other events

Obelisk-buenos-aires The-obelisk-night

Teatro Colón - an internationally renowned opera house opened in 1908

Teatro-colon-night Teatro-colon-inside

Parque Tres de Febrero - this park, one of the city's largest, is home to a rose garden and paddleboat lake

Parque-tres-de-febrero Parque-tres-de-febrer

Botanical Gardens - among the oldest in Latin America and an easy walk to other Palermo-area sights

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Buenos Aires Zoo - renowned for its collection and the Hindu Revival elephant house

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Casa Rosada - the official seat of the executive branch of the Argentine government

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The Water Company Palace - perhaps the world's most ornate water pumping station

The-water-company-palace

Academia Nacional del Tango de la República Argentina - is an institution in Buenos Aires, Argentina, located in the Avenida de Mayo above the Café Tortoni

Academia-nacional-del-tango-de-la-republica-argentina

Bernardino Rivadavia Natural Sciences Museum - The museum, the most important of its kind in Buenos Aires and second only to the La Plata Museum of Natural Sciences, owes its existence to a proposal made by Bernardino Rivadavia before the First Triumvirate in 1812

Bernardino-rivadavia-natural-sciences-museum

Buenos Aires Cabildo - is the public building that was used as seat of the ayuntamiento during the colonial times and the government house of the Viceroyalty of the Río de la Plata. Today the building is used as a museum

Buenos-aires-cabildo

Faena Arts Center - is the cultural center, It was opened in September 2011

Faena-arts-center

Galileo Galilei planetarium - The museum has a piece of lunar rock which was brought back to Earth by the Apollo XI mission and gifted to the planetarium by Richard Nixon. The museum is also home to a collection of 100 million year old sea life and amonite fossils from Neuquén Province

Galileo-galilei-planetarium Galileo-galilei-planetarium-noche

Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires (MALBA) - The mission of the MALBA is to collect, preserve, research and promote Latin American art from the onset of the 20th century to the present

Museo-de-arte-latinoamericano-de-buenos-aires

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes - is an Argentine art museum, you can find here national and international collections of paintings  from the the Middle Ages up to the 20th century.

Museo-nacional-de-bellas-artes

National Historical Museum - is a museum dedicated to the history of Argentina, exhibiting objects relating to the May Revolution and the Argentine War of Independence

National-historical-museum

ARA Presidente Sarmiento - is a museum ship in Argentina, originally built as a training ship for the Argentine Navy and named after Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, the seventh President of Argentina. She is considered to be the last intact cruising training ship from the 1890s

Ara-presidente-sarmiento

Bookshop El Ateneo - is one of the best known bookshops in Buenos Aires.Was voted the second most beautiful Bookshop in the world .In 2007 sold over 700,000 books; over a million people walk through its doors annually.

Bookshop-el-ateneo

Patio Bullrich -  Patio Bullrich includes 89 retail outlets, including Armani Exchange, Calvin Klein, Carolina Herrera,Christian Dior, Christian Lacroix, Diesel, Hugo Boss, Kenzo, Lacoste, Salvatore Ferragamo and Swarovski, as well as a stagecraft gift shop run by the Colón Theatre Foundation and four cinemas

Patio-bullrich Patio-bullrich-inside

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