Location: Martín Garcia St with Paseo Colón Av. San Telmo
In 1857, the Salta merchant José Gregorio Lezama acquired the property, in which he planted exotic plants and trees. With the death of Lezama, in 1889, his widow Angela Alzaga sold the property to the commune.
This is one of the most beautiful parks in the city, with lovely trees, interesting design and the natural cliff on Paseo Colón Av. There is a great deal of well known artists’ works and, on Defensa Street we find the Natural History Museum with its towers, observatory and gallery with objects from the Viceroyship period and Independence epoch.
Monument to Argentinian-Uruguayan friendship
The cliffs give it a peculiar natural inclination. On Brazil St. at the end of Balcarce St. there is an amphitheatre with stone steps for open air performances. There is also a typical “calesita” (merry-go-round) built in 1960, one of the 53 that the city has.
The monument was a gift from the Uruguayan Republic to Buenos Aires for the 400th foundation anniversary by Pedro de Mendoza. It was made by Uruguayan artist Antonio Pena and Julio Villamajo.
Close to the corner of Defensa and Brasil street there is an imposing monument to Don Pedro de Mendoza on the place thought to have been the one chosen for the first foundation of the city.