One of the best book stores in the world. It preserves the elegance of the former Gran Splendid theater and cinema, which opened in 1919 hosting ballet, opera, and stage plays. It was converted into a bookstore in the year 2000, beautifully preserving the original decoration. Enjoy the cafe bar all the way in the back on what used to be the stage area of the theater.
THE PALACE OF FLOWING WATERS
Designed as a fresh water pumping station in 1877, this French renaissance palace is beautifully covered in multi-color terra cotta tiles imported from Britain. Its extravagant outside was meant to highlight the forward thinking and progress of its internal structure and purpose; effectively supplying 72,000 tons of drinking water to its citizens.
The Sarmiento Palace, better known as Pizzurno Palace, so called popularly because of the street on which it resides, is a National Historic Monument of Argentina. It is the headquarters of the Ministry of Education’s Office and of the National Teachers’ Library. Both the street and the palace are named after the educator Pablo Pizzurno.
RECOLETA CULTURAL CENTER
Built in 1732, this building was originally the convent of the Recoleta monks. It later served as a hospital, as military barracks, as a refuge for the homeless, and as an elderly persons’ home. It was finally transformed into a cultural center at the end of the 1970s. The center is used for art exhibitions, concerts, theater performances and other events.
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS
It houses one of the best art collections in Latin America, and the biggest collection of Argentine art. Inaugurated in 1896, it moved to its current site – formerly a water works and pump house – in 1933. Part of the Museum Mile, it’s permanent collection includes works by El Greco, Goya, Rodin, Rembrandt, Rubens, Renoir, Degas, Cézanne, Chagall and Picasso.
This palace is today the Embassy of Brazil, but it used to be the place where the Pereda family lived in Buenos Aires. It was inspired by a very famous museum in France called Jacquemart André. This is one of many beautiful French style palaces and buildings that you will find in Buenos Aires.
This 65-foot-high, 18-ton sculpture was named in hommage to all flowers. Its creator, Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano, dreamed of creating a sculpture that would reflect the dynamism of time. The six steel petals open at 8am each morning, and close at sunset, when the centre of the sculpture emanates a red glow.