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Did you know that in Buenos Aires we have a monument that indicates where all the roads in the country begin? We tell you where Km 0 is.
They say God is everywhere, but he attends in Buenos Aires . Where else could we be, then, our Km 0 ? All roads in Argentina start in the City of Buenos Aires , more specifically in the Congreso neighborhood.
However, our Km 0 is somewhat “imprecise”. The monolith representing it was originally located on Plaza Lorea . In 1935 the monument, the work of the brothers sculptors Maximo and José Fioravanti, was inaugurated by President Agustín P. Justo and placed there. Then, by decree of May 18, 1944, it was moved to its current location: in Plaza Moreno , on the side of Montevideo Street, between Rivadavia and Hipólito Yrigoyen. This square is located between the Dos Congresos and Plaza Lorea, and that is why the confusion is due.
The monument is full of symbols. In the form of a cubic stone, its four faces point towards the four cardinal points. On the north face there is an image of the Virgin of Lujan. On the south side, you can see a relief map of the Argentine Republic. Looking east , the dates of the inauguration and the names of the authorities are registered. Finally, to the west , we see inscriptions in honor of General San Martín.
Why establish a monument that indicates the arbitrary beginning of the roads ? It is believed that this tradition originated in Rome , from the installation of the “ Milliarium Aureum ”, located in the Roman Forum, performed by Emperor Octavian Augustus. From there arises, then, the famous phrase “ all roads lead to Rome ”. It's just that literally all roads led to the Milliarium Aureum.
So, next time you're walking near Congress, take a ride to stand exactly at Km 0.
Publication Date: 28/11/2019
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