It is one of the most elegant and expensive residential areas Buenos Aires. It is characterized by its French style, with large green spaces, exclusive avenues with first class restaurants and bars. At the beginning, this neighbourhood was formed by small farms and ranches. In the early 17th Century the area was donated by a couple to priests of the Recollect order. In addition to the name, the monks contributed to the construction of the neighbourhood convent and the Church of Pilar which had a vital importance to the development of the place. The yellow fever epidemic brought many wealthy families to La Recoleta, which helped to define the style of the neighbourhood, with the construction of palaces and mansions, surrounded by majestic gardens.
Location: Agüero 2501.
It was founded in 1911. Its collection has around 1,000,000 copies, an important newspaper library, a room of old publications and a special chamber for the Blind. It occupies a built area of 45,000 square metres, 4,000 of which are occupied by reading rooms.
Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes
Location: Avenida Del Libertador 1473.
It is the most important museum in Argentina and one of the main such
houses in the Americas. It was inaugurated in 1895. It has 32 rooms,
where there are permanent and temporary exhibitions. Its highlights are
the works of artists such as: Miró, Monet, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Goya, El
Greco, Tintoretto, Picasso, Cándido López, Pueyrredón, Degas, Rodin,
Plaza Torcuato de Alvear
Location: Between Avenida Del Libertador, Pueyrredón and Alvear.
The most prestigious art and crafts fair in Buenos Aires takes place here every weekend. There is also an extensive variety of street performers.
Palais de Glace
Location: Posadas 1725.
Established in 1910, the Palais de Glace was built to house a skating rink (which worked until 1921 and was the first in Buenos Aires). There was also, at first, a ballroom for dancing tango, the National Commission of Fine Arts, and the studio of TV Channel 7. Its style is French with columns and relieves, which still remain and a dome with skylights and lantern lights. It was renovated twice (1931 and 1941) by architect Alejandro Bustillo giving it the appearance that we see at present. There have been different exhibitions throughout the years such as photography, drawing, etching, painting, etc.. Since May 2004 the Palais de Glace has been declared a National Historical Monument.
Centro Cultural Recoleta
Location: Junín 1930.
It was inaugurated in 1979 and operates in a building from the
nineteenth century. It has 27 exhibition halls where there are
exhibitions of fine arts, concerts, theatre plays, dance presentations,