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What to do in the Retiro neighborhood

A very important neighborhood on a historical level that offers a lot to see. We tell you 5 must-see points of the Retiro neighborhood, in Buenos Aires.

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Retiro

The spaces of cities, over the years, change their importance and functions. However, under the daily trajectory, we can find the marks of history. The neighborhood of Retiro, in the City of Buenos Aires, holds an important part of our past. Financial and residential center at the same time, was the gateway to millions of immigrants between the 19th and 20th centuries.

Where the Plaza San Martín is today, there was once a bullring. In addition, during the English invasions, a historic confrontation took place there. The grenadiers of San Martín also received instructions on the site.

In Retiro we find numerous buildings and historicalmonuments , as well as many traditional churches in the city: the Basilica Nuestra Señora del Socorro and the Santa Catalina convent of Siena, among others. In the area you can also visit the galleries of Florida Pedestrian Street.

We leave you 5 safety pins of the Retiro neighborhood:

1. St. Martin's

Square

It is one of the oldest squares in the city, the scene of important historical events. French landscape designer Carlos Thays, responsible for many of the city's main green spaces, made significant contributions and added new species to his vegetation. In addition to its diverse indigenous and foreign specimens, Plaza San Martín has important monuments and sculptural works. In 1942 it was declared a Historic Site.

2. Florida Street

It is the pedestrian shopping street par excellence. There we can walk until we get tired and find places of all kinds. An inescapable from the Retiro neighborhood.

3. Retiro Station

The Retiro station was built according to a project carried out by English engineers and architects around 1908 and opened in 1915. All parts used in its construction were manufactured in the UK. Its structure corresponds to the large passenger stations of the 19th century. Over the years, it was restored on several occasions and underwent various renovations, without losing its monumental appearance. In 2006 it was declared a National Historical Monument.

4. Monumental Tower

Also known as the Torre de los Ingleses, the Monumental Tower was built in 1916. Throughout the 20th century, the monument became a faithful witness to urban development and the various waves of immigration, which made

Publication Date: 10/05/2020

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