Tierra Santa - the Holy Land Theme Park!

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An original 1940s Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs in the Museo de la Ciudad -would be worth a mint on ebay!

Difficult to describe today!  Slept in a bit, as it was Sunday, then walked down to Defensa to walk long the markets all the way to the Plaza de Mayo (had breakfast on the way).  Stopped in at the Museo de la Ciudad, the same one we visited in our first week, but the upstairs was open this time.  It is basically an old rental property that has remained unchanged since it was built in 1905.  Most of it is now filled with a toy musuem, with some incredible old dolls and toys, and two rooms furnished - one as a bedroom and the other as an office.  The other section is a bathroom museum, believe it or not!  They have a large collection of baths, toilets, bidets and chamber pots, along with a potted history of sanitation in Buenos Aires.

The toilet museum in the Museo de la Ciudad
  At a 1 peso entrance charge, you can´t go wrong, just for the descriptions of the items, like a musical chamber pot to cover your ´tinkling´!!

Then got the Subte out to Scalabrini Ortiz, where we realized we should have actually caught the mainline train to its station of the same name (happens quite a bit here, lines with stations the same as on other lines).  We ended up getting a taxi to Tierra Santa, which wasn´t that much anyway.  Tierra Santa is a theme park based on the Holy Land, an amazing polystyrene and concrete creation that lets you ´walk in the footsteps of Jesus´, see sound and light spectaculars of the Creation, Nativity, Last Supper and the Resurrection, and buy genuine fake Middle-eastern souvenirs!  The highlight for us was watching the 18m Christ rise from the mountain, rotate around and bless the crowd to wild applause from the spectators.

Adam and Eve in the Creation show, complete with a giraffe and hippo in the background!
  The show of Arab dancing and singing didn´t appear, and we couldn´t find The Muppet Theatre either, so guess a few things might be closed in the off-season.  There are plenty of little rooms and buildings around to tell you about religious issues, such as a small imitation synagogue and mosque, a mini-Wailing Wall and scenes of events in the life of Jesus.  It is actually quite educational if you can get past the sheer tackiness of the whole thing!  We loved it and would heartily recommend a visit, even if you´re not of a religious bent - apparently it´s the only religious theme park in the world.  Headed home at about 5pm because it was starting to get very cold, but the park is actually open until 11pm at night, so you could easily spend the day and night if you wanted to.  To add to the whole surreal flavour, the park is adjoined by a golf driving range and a water theme park, and it sits directly under the flight path of planes arriving and departing Jorge Newberry airport.

Junw 23:
Didn´t do much today, just went to post office, checked email etc..  Our next postal box to Australia is going to cost us an arm and a leg!!

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The largest Nativity in the world,…
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Jesus coming out of the mountain a…
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...fully resurrected and blessing…
Melissa safe in the hands of Jesus.
Melissa safe in the hands of Jesus.
The Wailing Wall, complete with di…
The Wailing Wall, complete with d…
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View of the Holy Land from behind…
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Mother Teresa doing her good work…
A market scene in the holy city.
A market scene in the holy city.