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Cultural sightseeing in Argentina. What to visit - museums, temples, castles and palaces

Argentina is famous as the home of natural wonders and one of the hottest cities in the world. The country is a piece of paradise in Latin America that, nevertheless, has its own unique heritage. The territory of Argentina narrows from tropics to Headlands of Antarctica, the country has many different landscapes and climatic zones, from swampy marshes of Littoral and dry plateaus of the Andes on the north-west to the end of Tierra del Fuego archipelago. The most symbolic landscapes of the country include gorgeous green valleys of Pampas and dramatic steeps of Patagonia, the name of which has many pleasant associations for local people.
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At a glance, Argentina may look less “exotic” than the rest of South America, and the country’s residents can proudly tell tourists how big the European influence on their country and nation was. Some people say that Argentina is the most American of all European colonies and the most European of all American countries. However, the country has its unique heritage and atmosphere that is reflected in the national character that is proud and passionate. Indeed, football and politics are dominating themes in modern Argentinian society. Not everyone dances tango or is crazy about Evita and equitation. However, it doesn’t matter where tourists go, they will be surely impressed by Argentinian passionate approach to own culture and interest in the outer world.
Plaza de Mayo in one of the main landmarks in the country’s capital, Buenos Aires. This is a legendary place with a special atmosphere that is made to wander, watch people, visit ethnic shops, and simply enjoy the moment. Numerous barrios (neighborhoods) of the capital are very different – some of them are incredibly old-fashioned, the rest are incredibly modern, but all of them are interesting to explore. Other main cities of the country that tourists should visit are the following: colonial Salta on the north-west, Rosario, and Ushuaia that is not only the southernmost city in the world but also a spectacular place with a fantastic waterfront of the Beagle Chanel. Copyright
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To see and explore these places, tourists need to use the well-developed infrastructure of the country that is very comfortable thanks to decades of domestic tourism. Partially because of the growing hotel supply, the quality and range of hotels have been improved. Tourists can book elegant ranchos known as fincas on the north of the country. This is luxurious accommodation for travelers who do not want to save on quality. In most destinations, tourists prefer to contact local tour agencies that offer a broad range of entertaining activities including horse-riding, camping, rafting, kayaking, skiing, and paragliding. Of course, it is possible to choose something more relaxing, for example, wine sampling, bird watching or safari. Argentina has so many options for diverse recreation that no wonder why many travelers want to visit this amazing country again.
However, the real beauty of this country is hidden away from popular destinations. Pristine wild nature of Argentina is its true treasure. Tourists can see monkeys and toucans in northern jungles in the morning and then see penguins “sledding” into icy South Atlantic at noon. In Argentina, there are hundreds of bird types, including the Andean condor and three flamingo species, puma, armadillo, lama, fox, and tapir that live in forests, mountains, and breathtaking areas like Altiplano or Puna. Green tea plantations, dried dams, palm tree groves and icebergs, and some of the most powerful waterfalls in the world – these are just some of the sceneries that guests can see in this country. Dozens of biosystems are protected by a chain of national reserves.
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To the north-west of the vibrant city of Cordoba, travelers will find the spectacular Punilla Valley. Roughly half of the most popular traditional resorts of the country, such as La Falda, are located along the valley. On the south of the valley, there are two resorts that are very popular on the national level. These are vibrant and always full of travelers Villa Carlos Paz and more relaxed and tranquil Cosqun. The north of the province also has many places to see. Here it is important to mention the area between Capilla del Monte and Santa Catalina that is still not frequently visited by vacationers. Here, tourists can see spectacular Ongamira Caves and a restored settlement in Ischilin. To the south of Cordoba, Calamuchita Valley is famous for its legendary resorts. Don’t forget to visit Santa Rosa de Calamuchita, a charming and cozy village. In Alta Gracia, check the museum of history that is open in a flawlessly restored building.
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Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in Argentina

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Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Argentina
♥   Art museum 'Buenos Aires Museum of Modern Art (MAMBA)' Buenos Aires. On the map   Photos
♥   Art museum 'Caraffa Fine Arts Museum' Córdoba. On the map   Photos
♥   Art museum 'Ernesto de la Cárcova Museum of Reproductions and Comparative Sculpture' Buenos Aires. On the map   Photos
♥   Art museum 'Evita Fine Arts Museum' Córdoba. On the map   Photos
♥   Art museum 'Firma y Odilo Estévez Municipal Decorative Art Museum' Rosario. On the map   Photos
Map of all churches
Cathedrals and basilicas in Argentina
♥   Catedral Nuestra Señora del Carmen, General Roca. On the map   Photos
♥   Catedral María Auxiliadora, Neuquén. On the map   Photos
♥   Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Merced, Bahía Blanca. On the map   Photos
♥   Catedral Basílica de los Santos Pedro y Cecilia, Mar del Plata. On the map   Photos
♥   Catedral Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Azul. On the map   Photos
♥   Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Merced, Chascomús. On the map   Photos
♥   Catedral Santo Domingo de Guzmán, Nueve de Julio. On the map   Photos

Extreme Guinness-type places in Argentina

The Jesuit Block and Estancias of Cordoba

From the series “Famous Unesco Sites in South America”
Those who love to explore the historical sights will like walking around the Jesuit Block, which is located in the immediate vicinity of Cordoba. The quarter is a complex of survived buildings constructed by Jesuit missionaries. The building of the National University that is one of the oldest in South America has preserved there too. In addition, here you can see a building of an old school, a few surviving houses and an old church.

The main part of the historical buildings that can be seen today, was built in the first half of the 17th century. The quarter went completely deserted in 1767, when Charles III signed a decree on the expulsion of the Jesuits. All constructions of the area came under the jurisdiction of the state; only a few of them managed to survive to the present day. A … Read all

Cueva de las Manos Cave

From the series “Famous Unesco Sites in South America”
The Spanish name of Cueva de las Manos can be translated as Cave of Hands. This cave is one of the most interesting in the world from the paleontological point of view. Researchers have found there many ancient rock paintings, including numerous images of human hands. Scientists estimate that the age of some cave paintings is more than 10 000 years. This shows that the cave has been inhabited by people for thousands of years.

During the years of research, scientists were able to decipher a significant part of rock carvings, including images of hands. According to their hypothesis, hands were painted with a special mineral paint by teenage boys during initiation rites. Over the years, the cave remained a sacred place for local residents. The most important religious ceremonies took place … Read all
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Top cultural sites of Argentina: monuments, theaters and churches

Metropolitan Cathedral, Buenos Aires

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» The Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires is the main Catholic church in Argentina built in Classicist style.
» Since the 16th century, the cathedral has been rebuilt many times. The precious statue of the 18th century, the altars, as well as a large amount of jewelry in the style of Neo-Renaissance and Neo-Baroque have survived at the cathedral.
» The Metropolitan Cathedral contains the tomb of the national hero of the Argentina, General Jose de San Martin.
» The tomb of Archbishop Leon Federico Aneyros is in the left wing of the building.
» The cathedral features 14 paintings by the Italian Francesco Domenigini depicting religious procession.
» The floor of the temple is decorated with Venetian mosaic, designed by Italian Carlo Morro in 1907.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires

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» Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes would certainly attract art lovers. The museum exposition occupies 24 exhibition halls on three floors; the collection of the museum is considered one of the best in Latin America.
» Exhibition halls of the museum house works by El Greco, Goya, Rodin, Rembrandt, Picasso, Rubens and many others, as well as widely known Argentine artists.
» In total, the museum's collection includes over 12,000 works, but at the same time demonstrates no more than 700, so the exposition of the museum is constantly updated.
» You can also visit a specialized library at the museum, where more than 150,000 volumes of books on art are represented.

Museum of Decorative Arts, Buenos Aires

Location on the map:   Interesting facts: » The Museum of Decorative Arts was created in 1937.
» The museum houses twelve exhibition halls and nine permanent collections with more than 4,000 exhibits.
» The museum can boast famous paintings, sculptures, numerous Chinese vases, tapestries, porcelain, and furniture of the 18th century.
» The collection is also complemented by temporary exhibitions.
» The museum holds regular choral concerts.

Museum of Natural Sciences, Buenos Aires

Location on the map:   Interesting facts: » The Museum of Natural Sciences is the oldest museum in the country, built in 1823 on the initiative of the first president of Argentina Bernardino Rivadavia.
» The museum occupies a magnificent mansion in the Italian style.
» Exhibits in the museum are distributed over 15 exhibition halls and grouped by species or habitats.
» The museum has the Hall of Dinosaurs, where skeletons of ancient dinosaurs, collected mainly from the bones found by museum staff in the course of excavations in Patagonia, are represented.

Palacio Barolo, Buenos Aires

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» Palacio Barolo is the high-rise office building located on Avenida de Mayo in the area of Montserrat in Argentina.
» At the time of construction in 1923, this building has been the tallest in Buenos Aires and throughout South America.
» Since 1997, the Palacio Barolo has been a national historical monument.
» Currently, the building houses several travel agencies, Spanish language school for foreigners, a store that sells clothes for tango, offices of accountants, lawyers, etc. In total, about 520 organizations work in Palacio Barolo.
» The height of the building is 100 meters. Palacio Barolo has 22 floors.
» Architect Mario Palant constructing the skyscraper was inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. Floors of the building are divided into three sections: the basement symbolizes hell, floors 1st to the 14th are an allegory of purgatory, and floors 15 to 22 minutes symbolize paradise. Lighthouse, located on the top of the tower, features the sculpture called Nine Ranks of Angels.

Palacio de Justicia, Buenos Aires

Location on the map:     Interesting facts:
» Built in the 1890s, Palacio de Justicia was designed by architect Norbert Maillart; the building was built in Greco-Roman style.
» In 1942, Palacio de Justicia housed the national court in Argentina.
» The statue of the goddess Themis, which symbolizes justice and fairness, can be seen in the main hall of the Palacio de Justicia.
» Typically, the courthouse is open to the public, but numerous demonstrations and protests forced local authorities to place patrols and security all around Palacio de Justicia, so tourists temporarily can’t get inside this magnificent and very beautiful palace.

Culture and monuments in popular cities of Argentina

Buenos Aires
Theatre Colon, which was opened in 1908, is a world-famous attraction, so don’t forget to make a visit to it. In addition to its own troupe, orchestra and ballet, the theater has its own museum and a beautiful old library. Open Air Fine Arts Museum Caminito is the place where you can see beautiful paintings of contemporary and medieval painters. On weekends the museum complex hosts music concerts on its territory, and local traders offer nice souvenirs and crafts. Cultural Center La Prensa … Read more
San Carlos de Bariloche
As for the city's sights, the Cathedral of Our Lady of Nahuel Huapi (La Catedral de Bariloche) stands out among other places of interest. It has remained the main religious symbol of the city for many years. Nearby is another remarkable religious structure, which, among other things, is of great architectural interest - San Eduardo Chapel (Capilla de San Eduardo). In one of the city squares, you can find a Monument to Julio Argentino Roca (Julio Roca Monument) - an outstanding politician … Read more
The city offers several original museums for tourist visiting. The Pedro del Castilio Square hosts the Historical Regional Foundation Museum which tells its visitors about the most significant events of the past ages. True admirers of arts will love the Cornelio Moyano Museum, which presents a rich collection of antiques apart from ancient paintings and statues. An appealing and symbolic cultural establishment is the National Wine Museum. During the tour travelers will discover the top … Read more

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