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Belgrano is located in the northwest of Buenos Aires. It is one of the most residential and refined neighborhoods in the city. It has many old senior`s houses, most of them typical of the XX Century. Despite the classical old-aged ambience, in the last decades a great amount of modern and sophisticated flats has been built in the area.
Belgrano is full of culture, tradition and history. Wandering its streets one come across museums, libraries, monuments and wonderful parks. The French architect Carlos Thays, who was employed by Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, was the man behind the design of many of the most magnificent parks in the country.
1. De la Concepción Church
2042 Vuelta de Obligado street
It opened its gates in 1878 and soon people started to call it “La Redonda” because of its rounded surface. A marble leader takes you to the main entrance where ten Corinthian columns decorate the gate.
It 20-meters dome stands over the internal columns ring.
2. General Manuel Belgrano square
Vuelta de Obbligado and Juramento Avenue
On Sundays and holydays it becomes a crafts fair with almost a hundred stands. In the middle of the Square you can see the Belgrano`s memorial, created in 1961 and designed by the sculptor Hector Rocha.
3. Spanish art museum Enrique Larreta
2291 Juramento Avenue
The house was intended to be a summer house after its owner, Josefina Anchorena, gave instructions to build it in 1882 after she got married with Enrique Larreta, a writer and Argentinian ambassador in France.
In the rear part of the museum you can take pleasure with one of the most beautiful Andalucian gardens in the city.
4. Sarmiento History museum
2079 Cuba Street
The building was raised in 1871 to be the central office of the county of Belgrano. It possesses an eclectic style with Italian influences. In 1880 the National Government took the place due to a quarrel between Buenos Aires and the provinces.
The museum collection includes the archive and library of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento (1811-1888), a very influential writer and politician who was the country’s president from 1868 to 1874.
5. Líbero Badii museum (Valentín Alsina’s house)
1966 11 de septiembre Street
Here you can observe paints, impressions, sculpture of Baldi (1946-2001), a superlative Argentinian sculptor of the XX Century.
Valentin Alsina (1802-1869) was the owner of this country-house built in 1856. He was governor of Buenos Aires twice, as well as a writer.
6. Belgrano’s Barracks
Zavalía and Juramento Avenue
This is one of the most fascinating parks in Buenos Aires: it is basically one of the few natural rifts preserved to these days. There are 67 vegetable species: magnolias, palmeras, madreselvas, ombúes, paraísos, robles, ceibos, tilos, plátanos, etc.
You can also appreciate a replica of the statue of liberty made by the French Frederic Bartholdi, the very same author of the original piece.
In the upper part there is a “glorieta” (bandstand) where several orchestras play. Sometimes you can even find “milongas” (tango dancing) there.
7. Belgrano’s club
1701 Arribeños Street
It was founded in 1909. Nowadays it occupies the former house of the General Manuel Corvalan, who was Juan Manuel de Rosa`s assistant.
Juan A. Buschiazzo, was the architect behind the project, a remarkable town planner that worked by the ends of the XIX century.
8. Belgrano station “C”
Freire and Juramento Avenue
The building dates from 1878. The East part of the station was covered by the river and was gained to the river. The train continues making a difference between the High and the Low Belgrano up to these days.
9. Chinese neighbourhood
Arribeños and Juramento Avenue
Many Asian immigrants, especially from Taiwan, started to settle in the area during the ‘80.
The neighborhood is largely visited due to its cultural and gastronomic offer (restaurants, excellent fish shops, Asian supermarkets, manga shops, anime, etc.)
10. Sculpture`s garden
Monroe and Húsares Street
After this land was abandoned, the fellow citizen decided to gain it back for the neighborhood in 1996. Four years later they could enjoy a garden especially designed for open air sculptures’ exhibition. It is the only one of this kind in Buenos Aires and it depends on the City Government.
11. Club Atlético River Plate (Football Club)
7597 Figueroa Alcorta Avenue
River is one of the two most popular football clubs in the World, along with its rival Boca Juniors. The field, inaugurated in 1938, is popularly known as “El Monumental”. It can accommodate over 79.000 spectators becoming the biggest in the country.
When this national football team plays in Argentina it does it here, otherwise the field becomes a crowded stadium used for musical shows.