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La Rioja is a province in the northwest of the country, at the Cuyo region. The Casa de La Rioja provides information about the province, and offers several activities related to it.
After an exhaustive and careful restoration of this beautiful 1919 theater, the biggest bookstore in Latin America opened in what used to be the old Grand Splendid cinema. Without altering the old structure—twinned with the Opera de Paris theatre—it still has its original features and magnificent friezes, like the one on the spectacular dome. There is now a cafeteria in place of the stage, where you can read books taken from the bookshelves. There are also reading places on the corners of the main floor and in the old balconies on the first floor, furnished with tables and comfortable armchairs, computers for searching or online purchasing and an area dedicated to children, 'El Ateneo Junior', with interactive games and storytelling. There is also a small music stage, CDs and DVDs for sale, art exhibitions on the third floor and facilities for watching DVDs.
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.
This palace receives the Camera of Senators and the Camera of Representatives of the nation. Victor Meano who was the architect of this palace, emphasized on the Italian style and classical memoirs of that era. The center of the facade, with its ramps and Corinthian styled stoops, is definitely worth a see. There is an imposing dome, and other many important sculptures representing justice and equality among men. The visits are free and guided, and it is recommended that you arrive in business attire.
The magnificence of the Teatro Colon is well known in the music world. Touted to be one of the best opera houses in the world, it is a combination of architectural and technical excellence. Inaugurated on May 25, 1908, with the opera Aida by Giuseppe Verdi, the theater's architecture reflects the sheer beauty of the Italian Renaissance. The early construction of the theater was finished in 1908 under 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 it. Today, the elaborate plaster, the chandelier, and the 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 times. Ranked among the top five performance venues in the world in terms of acoustic excellence, Teatro Colón defines unparalleled beauty.
As the Palace of the National Congress Building spreads out with its bronze cupola crowning its Neoclassical building, the Plaza de los Dos Congresos finds its perfect setting ahead of it. The Monument to Two Congresses is essentially a tribute to the Argentinian Independence. Carlos Thays, a celebrated architect, is the man behind this exquisite structure. Honoring the Constitutional Assembly of 1813 and Congress of Tucman of 1816 on either part of the monument, the allegorical statue symbolizing liberty is crowned at the center of the column. A picturesque fountain adds a magnificent charm to the Congressional monuments and is fenced inside with the obelisk as protection from vandalism. The famous statue of The Thinker, conceptualized by Auguste Rodin, is a separate monument that can be found in the plaza.
A city of contrasts, Argentina's capital city is where the concrete jungle coexist with traditional barrios, awash in a colorful display of street art. From its great nightlife to its European heritage, Buenos Aires attracts in many ways. Birthplace of tango, the city is much like the dance itself, mesmerizing and fascinating . The local cuisine shows a leaning towards meat dishes, with traditional parrillas (steakhouses) found around every corner that serve meat with malbec and bonarda on the side. The city's bars and clubs rarely open before midnight, 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 boulevards of Recoleta are lined with French and Italian-influenced palaces, while a varied collection of museums, monuments and cultural venues celebrate the past and present. 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.
Balvanera is one of Buenos Aires' lesser known barrios, however it is nonetheless teaming with places to see and things to do. The barrio can be divided into three separate sub-barrios, namely Abasto, Congreso and Once, each of which boasts a distinctive character of its own. The regal, Greco-Roman building of the Argentine National Congress is certainly worth a visit, while the Plaza del Congreso, with its many monuments, is an attraction in itself. Other points of interest include the mausoleum of former president Bernardino Rivadavia, Casa Carlos Gardel and the mural-lined streets of Abasto. Abundantly endowed with nightclubs, bars, restaurants, hotels and shopping centers, Balvanera is a haven for tourists on a budget. The neighborhood is best visited during the day time.