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Puente de la Mujer (Woman´s Bridge) 

The Woman’s Bridge is a work of art designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is his only work piece in Latin America and is situated at Dock 3 in Puerto Madero.
It is a pedestrian bridge, 160 m long and 5 m wide, divided in three sections: two fixed ones on both margins of the dock and a mobile one which rotates on a conical pillar made of white concrete and allows the ships passing in less than two minutes. This central section is supported by a steel needle with a 39 m high concrete core. The needle is arranged in a diagonal manner and from it, as a hanging bridge, the wires that support the rotating part are hanging

The cost of the work was around six million dollars donated by the entrepreneur Alberto González. It was made in Vitoria, Spain by the company Urssa.
It was inaugurated on December 20 2001, at the peak of the Argentine economic and institutional crisis. For that reason, its inauguration was unnoticed for most of the porteños (Buenos Aires inhabitants).

 

Puente de la Mujer
Puente de la MUjer

El Obelisco

The Obelisk 

The obelisk of Buenos Aires is a National Historical Monument, an icon of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina. It is situated at the Plaza de la República [Republic Square], at the intersection of avenues Corrientes and 9 de Julio; it was built in honor of the four hundredth anniversary of the first foundation of the city.

 

Floralis Genérica

The floralis generica is a metal sculpture situated at the Plaza de las Naciones Unidas [United Nations Square], Avenida Figueroa Alcorta and Austria, in the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, a gift for the city by the Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano.
The sculpture is placed in the middle of a four hectares park with tree boundaries, surrounded by paths which come closer and go away, providing different perspectives of the  monument and lying on a water mirror, which apart from its aesthetical function, protects it. It represents a huge stainless steel flower looking onto the sky, stretching its six petals towards the sky.

 

Floralis Generica
Floralis Generica
Caminito

La Boca Caminito

Caminito is a crowded tour of the City of Buenos Aires.

It is situated in the traditional neighborhood La Boca, in the core of the Riachuelo, la Vuelta de Rocha, the Changing Bridge, Bridge Nicolás Avellaneda, and not very far from there, La Bombonera, Boca Juniors Athletic Club stadium.

Nowadays, at the site, paintings, souvenirs and handcraft are sold, and also, you can see couples dancing tango on the stone-paved streets.

Similar to most of the La Bocaneighborhood, the area was inhabited from the early XIX century, by Italian immigrants who built houses made of corrugated tin plates, often mounted on high pillars or foundations due to the frequent floods, and painted in glowing colors, known as conventillos.

 

 

Puerto Madero

Puerto Madero is, currently, the most modern neighborhood of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires. Its situation near the downtown, its extension and sight looking on to the river make this neighborhood one of the most exclusive ones of Buenos Aires.
The neighborhood is called after Eduardo Madero, a businessman of the city who submitted three harbor projects; the last of them was approved by the President of the Nation at that time, Julio Argentino Roca in 1882.


Puerto Madero
Puerto Madero

Plaza Dorrego - San Telmo

San Telmo

San Telmo (San Pedro González Telmo) is one of the oldest neighborhoods of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Originally, it was called Altos de San Pedro and was inhabited by the harbor workers.

Plaza Dorrego, San Telmo is one of the best-preserved areas of the always-changing   Buenos Aires, and is characterized by the colonial large houses and the streets; many of them are still paved with stone. Among the many attractions to be visited in this neighborhood, are numerous old churches  (such as San Pedro Telmo church), museums, antiquity stores and a semi standing antiquity fair, San Telmo Fair in the main square, Plaza Dorrego [Dorrego Square].
Activities related to tango are also developed there, intended to the local inhabitants as well as the numerous tourists who visit the place.
On Saturday afternoon and during Sundays, Defensa Street becomes a pedestrian street where you can enjoy street artists, puppeteers, magicians and living statues.


Plaza de Mayo

Plaza de Mayo [May Square], foundational place of the City of   Buenos Aires, Argentina, was born as a merger of the squares de la Victoria and del Fuerte, upon pulling down, in 1884, a construction called Old Recova that separated them.

It is situated in the so called porteñodowntown, surrounded by the streets Hipólito Yrigoyen, Balcarce, Avenue Rivadavia and Bolívar in Monserrat neighborhood. From one of its west sides, three important avenues derive: President Julio A. Roca, President Roque Sáenz Peña and Avenida de Mayo. Around it, stand several of the main   monuments and interest points to visit:  the historical Cabildo, The Pink House   (residence of the National Executive Power), the Metropolitan Cathedral, the building of the City of Buenos Aires Government and the headquarters of Banco Nación.

Underground the square, of about two hectares, there are the subway stations Plaza de Mayo (line   A), Cathedral (line D) and Bolívar (line E), which, along with numerous bus lines, provide easy communication with all the corners of the city.

Sounding board of the country great popular demonstrations, we can say that, except the Independence Declaration and the battles fought to conquer it, it has been the scenario of all the momentous events at national level.

On May 25 1941, the National Committee of Museums and Historical Monuments placed a brass plate containing the legend that summarizes its history on the edge of the flowerbed where the Pirámide de Mayo [May Pyramid] stands


Plaza de Mayo
Parque 3 de Febrero
EL Rosedal Buenos Aires

3 de Febrero Park

Palermo woods, officially named 3 de Febrero Park, integrate a 25 ha green area in Palermo neighborhood, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Situated between the avenues Casares and del Libertador, they are outstanding because of their trees, lakes and rose trees; they were designed by architect Carlos Thays.

A great amount of people goes around the woods everyday, either walking or cycling and the attendance significantly increases at weekends. You can also go on boat in the three artificial lakes in the area.

One of the best known parks is the so-called "El Rosedal" which has a white bridge that, once gone through, you can see the rose trees that give the name to the park. In this park, many leisure activities are developed on Student´ s Day   (September 21) and also in the other parks that comprise the area Tres de Febrero Park [February 3 Park].

In this part of the city stands the Planetarium, a very particular building, since it is a sphere supported by three arcs. Inside, you can appreciate shows where you can observe the planets and the galaxy stars.
In this area, you can also see the Japanese Garden, the Zoo and the Botanical Garden which end in Plaza Italia [Italy Square], the center of Palermo neighborhood with its traditional   Santa Fe Avenue.


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