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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 monolith is a meeting place for political demonstrations, musical performances and celebrations over victories of the national soccer team. Dating back to 1936, it was built to commemorate the anniversary of Buenos Aires' first foundation. It measures 70 meters (230 feet) high and is made of reinforced concrete. Inside, a 200-hundred-step stairway is used to perform maintenance jobs from the top. After the sunset, the obelisk shines thanks to the white lights, but the gleams of surrounding neon billboards is what gives the area its unique and colorful glow.
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.
The double-decker tour bus is operated by the City of Buenos Aires. Tourists can hop on and off at will to enjoy 20 of the most important landmarks and neighborhoods in the city. Tickets can be purchased for 24 or 48 hours and children under three are free. There is a five percent discount if you buy tickets online through the official website. Tri-lingual guides in English, Spanish and Portuguese are on board every bus. Taped audio synchronized with the bus route is also available. A free bi-monthly magazine with pictures and stories about the various locations on route comes with the tour. Buses run every 15 minutes. The complete circuit takes about three hours. It's a great way to get to know this wonderful city.