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Located in one of the most important areas of Buenos Aires, Plaza Intendente Torcuato de Alvear is marked by lush green surroundings and beautifully landscaped gardens. Consisting of Recoleta Cemetry and Centro Cultural Recoleta, a beautiful church and the Maria Mayor Torcuato de Alvear monument overlooks the square. This spacious square is also reputed for hosting numerous big art fairs and festivals, and is bordered by several bars, cafes and restaurants.
La Recoleta Cemetery, once a church graveyard, was opened for the public in 1882. Located in one of the most affluent barrios of Buenos Aires, the cemetery is a surprising contrast to the conventional ideas of eerie and dark graveyards around the world. Touted to be one of the most beautiful cemeteries in the world, La Recoleta houses over 6,000 final resting places, including those of some of the most notable people. While the neo-classical gates open to the poignant premises, the architecture of some of the mausoleums is intricate and varied. From Baroque to Art Deco, several mausoleums and graves line the shadowy walkways. Former Argentine presidents, actors, writers are interred inside the mausoleums of this cemetery. Tombstone of Eva Peron, one of the most influential First Ladies of the country, lies in the cemetery and it is also one of the most visited graves.
A gift to the city by Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano in 2002, this eighteen-ton flower sculpture made of steel and aluminum stands 23 meters (75.45 feet) high. It is located in the Recoleta neighborhood, placed above a reflecting water pool in the middle of a four-acre (1.61 hectare) park called the Plaza de las Naciones Unidas, or United Nations Plaza. Meticulously designed with a special electrical system, the sculpture's petals automatically open every morning at 8a and closes at sunset. Please note, it is ideal to visit after checking out the Recoleta cemetery or weekend fair, while enjoying a midday picnic or a long stroll around the park.
Known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Buenos Aires, the Recoleta Cemetery is the final resting place for some of Argentina's most prominent families. A trip to the cemetery is not complete until Eva Peron's gravesite is found. One of the most beloved figures in Argentine history, Evita, is probably the most visited grave in the whole cemetery, and all of Argentina. The grave is difficult to find, hidden amongst the 6,400 tombs in the graveyard town, so just look out for flowers and a large congregation of people taking photos. - Alexandra Lazar
The construction of this new headquarters for the National Library was started in the 1950s. It was inaugurated in 1992, after a number of difficulties. These premises are set in the middle of several large gardens. The entrance to the library is either at Aguero or Austria streets. The library boasts more than five million books, arranged in three basements. At the first basement, there is a comprehensive newspaper and magazine archive featuring provincial as well as national editions. At the comfortable auditorium there are always interesting seminars and exhibits taking place.
The Galería Alvear is located on one of the most select avenues of the city. Attached to the Alvear Palace Hotel, the gallery caters to a very distinguished clientele. You will find exclusive jewelry, arts and antiques stores, boutiques and some apparels shops here. Every store has its own timings, so be sure to make your enquiries before heading for this place.
Adorned with park side restaurants, cafes, and art galleries, Recoleta is one of the most fashionable and popular neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. Tourists and locals alike are drawn in by the European-style architecture, outdoor street fairs on the weekends, and multitude of upscale boutiques and bars. Make sure to check out the beautiful and lavish Cementerio de la Recoleta, as well as the enormous Plaza Francia.
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.