Avenidas de Buenos Aires: Leandro Alem

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La Avenida Leandro Alem, que lleva el nombre del fundador del partido político Unión Cívica Radical (UCR), abarca 13 cuadras desde Plaza San Martín hasta la Casa Rosada, sede del Poder Ejecutivo, y ofrece una lección de historia política y económica argentina.

Para comenzar el recorrido, conviene arrancar desde Plaza San Martín que además de brindar la sombra de sus árboles, es donde está situado el Monumento a los caídos en Malvinas. El Edificio Kavanagh, sobre uno de los laterales de la plaza, es otro punto emblemático de la ciudad, y cruzando la Avenida, está la Plaza Fuerza Aérea Argentina donde se ubica la histórica Torre Monumental. Un poco más adelante, sobre los laterales de Leandro Alem, se elevan torres y bancos que conforman la zona comercial central de la ciudad. Entre los edificios más emblemáticos de la zona, se encuentran la Torre Catalinas Norte, que lleva el nombre de un amor no correspondido de Alem, y otros como la torre IBM y el Edificio Alas. Frente a la Torre Catalinas, el Club Danés, ubicado en el piso 12 del Edificio Dinamarca, es una excelente opción de almuerzo los días de semana con vista panorámica al río.

Cruzando la Avenida Corrientes, punto desde el cual se puede ver el Obelisco, está el Centro Cultural Kirchner, ex Correo Argentino, que ofrece una variedad interesante de propuestas culturales. Algunas oficinas estatales completan el recorrido que desemboca en la Casa Rosada y en Plaza de Mayo. Durante los fines de semana y feriados se pueden hacer tours de la Casa Rosada antes de cruzar hacia San Telmo para recorrer la feria de antigüedades y parar a tomar un café en algunos de los bares emblemáticos de la ciudad.

 

Buenos Aires Avenues: Leandro Alem

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Named after the UCR political party founder Leandro Alem, this bustling avenue spans from Plaza San Martín to Casa Rosada (Pink House), where government headquarters are located, and is a lesson in Argentine political and economic history.

You can start the tour at Plaza San Martín  which is full of shady trees and also where the Monument to the soldiers fallen in Malvinas/Falklands is placed. The neighboring Kavanagh building is another important landmark, and in front of Plaza San Martín, in the Plaza Fuerza Aérea Argentina, is  the Torre Monumental clock tower  which is another of the city’s historical sites. Further on, a few blocks with skyscrapers and banks form part of the central commercial district of the city, and here you will find some emblematic skyscrapers such as Torre Catalinas Norte, named after Alem’s unrequited love, and others such as the IBM tower and the Alas building. In front of Catalinas is the Edificio Dinamarca, which on weekdays has a good Danish lunch spot, Club Danés, on the 12th floor with a great view of the river and skyline.

Crossing Corrientes Avenue (from where you can see the Obelisco), the Centro Cultural Kirchner, once the central post office of the city, is well worth the visit and offers a lot of interesting exhibits and cultural activities. Other government offices line Alem until reaching the famous Casa Rosada and Plaza de Mayo, where government headquarters are located. Don’t miss out on one of the weekend tours before losing yourself on the other side in the San Telmo district as you look for antiques and a nice place to stop for coffee

5 Emblematic City Landmarks

Obelisco: This Buenos Aires icon at the center of the emblematic 9 de Julio avenue in the heart of the city is a well-known city landmark. It has been standing since 1936 and was built to celebrate the foundation of the city.  The obelisk has since functioned as a meeting point to celebrate world-cup football wins, and to stage shows such as Julio Bocca’s last dance and a Placido Domingo live concert, amongst others. It is also often decorated to commemorate many occasions, such as the Bicentennial or the memorable 2005 world Aids day – in which it was covered by a giant condom!

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Torre Monumental: The Palladian-style tower in front of Retiro train station was a gift to the city from the British to commemorate the centennial of the May Revolution. Initially, its name was Torre de los Ingleses, but the name was changed after the Falklands/Malvinas war.  Still, it stands as one of the city’s signature monuments, displaying the Irish shamrock, the Welsh dragon, the Scottish thistle and the English rose.

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Monumento de los Españoles: This stunning monument on Sarmiento and Libertador avenues in Palermo was donated in 1910 by the local Spanish community to commemorate the May revolution, although due to many complications in its construction it wasn’t inaugurated until 1927. The bronze and marble monument, which is also called “La Magna Carta y las Cuatro Regiones Argentinas,” consists of a  representation of the Pampas, the Andes, Chaco and Rio de La Plata regions on its base, and at the top of the monument, a statue of the Republic.

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Puente de la Mujer: This beautiful modern bridge in Puerto Madero was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and was inspired by tango dancers. Its unique  and elegant design, which includes a complex rotational system to allow boats through, has made it famous worldwide.

(Photo by Christian Haugen)

Floralis Generica: Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano is responsible for the impressive steel and aluminum flower the heart of Recoleta. The sculpture, which closes its metal petals at night and reopens with the sunlight, is symbolic for rebirth and hope.

(Photo by matt.hintsa)