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Those who love street art should definitely take a tour of Murals by Blu. Blu is not the artist, its the pseudonym of the artist who's been actively painting the streets in Buenos Aires and many other cities. Originally from Italy, the artist has been painting in several parts of the world since 1999. There are guided tours in Buenos Aires that take you around to see his works. His works are based on various social situations, for instance, his bicycle mural shows the city's pitiful traffic jam state and how a bicycle can be a better option to beat it! Blu's masterpieces are a must visit for art lovers.
A maze of dazzling contrasts, Argentina's capital city is where the concrete jungle abuts traditional barrios awash in a colorful display of street art. From its vivacious nightlife to its European heritage, Buenos Aires comes alive in myriad ways. Birthplace of tango, the city is much like the dance itself - mesmerizing and fascinating . The local cuisine shows a definite leaning towards carnivorous delights, with traditional parrillas (steakhouses) found around every corner that serve succulent cuts of meat with malbec and bonarda on the side. The city's bars and clubs rarely open before midnight and serious partygoers don't venture out before 4a, giving nightlife a whole new meaning in Buenos Aires. Live jazz and tango performances attract an avid following as do the city's many clubs sporting top DJs. The grand old boulevards of Recoleta are lined with French- and Italian-influenced palaces, while a varied collage of museums, monuments and cultural venues celebrate the past and present with equal gusto. From the historic splendor of Teatro Colon and Basílica de Nuestra Señora Del Pilar to the vibrant world of National Museum of Decorative Arts and the Museum of Latin American Art, Buenos Aires is a cultural phenomenon.
The magnificence of the Teatro Colon is well known to the music-loving world. Touted to be one of the best opera houses in the world, it is the epitome of architectural opulence combined with technical excellence. Inaugurated on May 25, 1908, with the opera Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, the theater's impeccable architecture reflects the sheer beauty of the Italian Renaissance. The early construction of the theater was finished in 1908 under the mastery of Charles Pellegrini. For 30 years, it took the western classical music world by storm with its perfect acoustics. Once the theater started declining, massive efforts were undertaken to restore the glory of this marvel. Today, the elaborate plaster moldings, the gargantuan chandelier amidst the colorful frescoes and the sweeping staircases of the intricately carved foyer manage to capture the hearts of art and music lovers. The world's finest ballets and operas including those of Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Puccini have been performed here at numerous galas. Ranked among the top five performance venues in the world in terms of acoustic excellence, Teatro Colón defines unparalleled opulence.
9 de Julio Avenue is to Buenos Aires what the Champs Elysees is to Paris - if you have not walked along 9 de Julio Avenue, you have not truly experienced the city. Some of the city's most significant landmarks are right along or on this street, including the Obelisk and Teatro Colón. Honoring Argentina's Independence Day (July 9, 1816), the name of the street is pregnant with meaning. Argentinians take pride in the fact that 9 de Julio Avenue is probably the widest street in the world. Crossing this avenue means crossing three intersections. Some like to run through the lights to see who makes it through the quickest. What's the hurry? Take your time to enjoy the historic avenue.
This avenue used to be the centre of Porteño nightlife and it still retains the original bohemian amibiance immortalized in popular lore. In the 1930s it was widened and numerous cinemas, theatres, and restaurants quickly lined its sidewalks. Antique, rare and used bookstores are clustered here as well, interspersed with the traditional Porteño cafés. Exchange houses are easily located along this avenue for the many tourists who flock here. The Obelisco (Obelisk) and this famous avenue, constitute the city's icons, and the typical picture postcard view of Buenos Aires.
Located in what is sometimes called the microcentro or downtown area, this is one of the major tourist attractions in Buenos Aires. The street is closed to cars but that doesn't exactly make it easy to navigate. Spectators flood the long walkway in mass, passing by the innumerable shops, restaurants and arcades. In the evening the crowds die down and the street performers come out in the large numbers. Famous Argentine author Jorge Luis Borges used to live near here and reportedly enjoyed frequenting the street in the early morning hours. The famous strip starts at Avenida de Mayo and ends at Plaza San Martin.
The Palacio Barolo is a remarkable and luxurious building, designed by Italian architect Mario Palanti, by request of a powerful Argentinean textile tycoon. Finished in 1923, the Palacio Barolo was meant to be the final resting place of Dante Alighieri's ashes, a safe haven for the writer's remains far away from a war-torn Europe. That dream never came true, and today it is mainly used as an office building. Filled with countless exquisite references, to the Divine Comedy and wonderfully decorated, it was the tallest construction in South America for several years. The view of Buenos Aires city-center from the 24th floor is second to none. Guided tours are available.
Guided tours of the Governor's offices and Cabinet meeting rooms, allow visitors to learn about the history of the building. In addition, the guides give in-depth explanations of the city's three shields, that are painted above the lobby entrance. You can also witness the changing of the guards, here every half-hour during the weekends. These guards, are members of the oldest Argentine regiment, who fought against the English invaders in 1806.