TOURS: CENTRAL AREA
This tour will cover the historic Plaza de Mayo and its surroundings with Government House, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the City Council; Avenida de Mayo with the Casa de la Cultura, the famous Cafe Tortoni, the Barolo Building and end at the National Congress.
In addition, there is Avenida Corrientes with the big theatres and cinemas, as well as many of the city’s prestigious bookstores and cafes.
This area is the focal point of the city and being so, during working days it is a highly transited area. It is very pleasant to visit Avenida 9 de Julio, the widest in the world, and come to its intersection with Avenida Corrientes, just where the Obelisk is located – an irreplaceable emblem of the city.
- Plaza de Mayo. Balcarce, Rivadavia, Bolívar and H. Yrigoyen.
It has been the centre of large rallies and the scene of major historical
episodes. For instance, the first step towards independence in 1810, the
public oath of the Constitution in 1860, the popular manifestations
supporting Peronism in 1954, and since 1977 it has become the meeting place
of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo, who demonstrated weekly asking for the re-appearance of their children kidnapped by the military government. At the center of the square there is a Pyramid commemorating the first anniversary of the Revolution of 1810. The City Council building, the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Government House all stand around the Plaza.
- Casa Rosada.
It has been the seat of the Nation’s Presidency since 1862, but the current building was completed in 1884. In 1870, President Sarmiento decided to paint it in pink. The presidential entrance is through Rivadavia Street; at the back of the building the remnants of the old customs office can be seen; through H. Yrigoyen there is the entrance to the museum.