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March 10th, 2009 – by: jennifer_z
Pilar's Church is located in an urban environment of notable natural and cultural values, nextdoor to the Cemetery of the Recoleta and the Cultural Center Recoleta that occupies part of the 18th Century construction. It was preceded by an ample barred atrium, the unique nave has Baroque lateral altars.
A cemetery may not be everyone's idea of a tourist attraction, but La Recoleta, founded in 1822, is one of the most famous in the world. Much to the dismay of Buenos Aires's privileged families, it is the final resting place of Evita as she is also known. A steady succession of locals and foreigners visit the site in order to pay homage to one of Argentina's most illustrious figures.
The cemetery is filled with a wide range of vaults, containing the bodies of writers, scientists, national heroes and former presidents, exhibiting a vast variety of architectural styles and stones.It is a pleasant stroll through the labyrinths just looking at the inscriptions, in the shade of the trees, as the feral cats lazily prowl around or sleep on their favourite tombstones.
After I finished tour of Recoleta cemetery and Pilar's Church, I had lunch and coffee in Plaza Francia. Then continued my journey to the biggest medal flower in the world.
Floralis Generica is located in Plaza Naciones Unidas. I was told that Floral Generica is designed and built by private enterprise and paid for exclusively by its creator, the architect Eduardo Catalano.The aluminium sculpture weighs eighteen tons and is 20 meters long, having 40 meters of diameter. It opens to the sun each morning, and closes again at dusk.
Plaza de Mayo is a really famous place. I visited it for 4 times because it's a link in the city. It gets the Casa rosada surrouned by official buildings and gardens where people take seat or buy something in typical souvenir improvised stalls. The Casa de Gobierno dates back to the early 19th century, though officially the house of executive power since 1862 - even though it wasn't until 1880 that BsAs was designated the country's capital. Pink is the color reflecting the melding of Federal (red) and Unitarian (white) political power.
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