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The capital of the province, with more than four centuries of life, the city of San Luis has plenty of activities and recreational options for travelers, adding excursions to the charming attractions that surround it.
Its historical heritage and architecture can be seen on a walk that starts from the classic corner of Av. Illia and Junín. Terrazas del Portezuelo, a smart building that is home to the Government of San Luis; and the Hito del Bicentenario, with its tower and viewpoint, are the new icons of the city.
Museums invite the traveler to discover the rich Puntana history in an original way, while the parks allow you to enjoy green and sport. Cultural centers, hotels, gastronomy, pubs, bowling, casinos and tourist services add to the city's complete offer.
With several sites of historical and cultural interest, the city of San Luis offers numerous options to tourists
The provincial capital was founded on August 25, 1594 by Lieutenant Luis Jufré; and refounded by Captain Martín García de Loyola; although only in 1689 it was permanently transferred to its current location. When the Spaniards arrived in these wooded lands, they were already inhabited by Aboriginal groups such as the huarpes, comechingones, olongastas, michilingual, calchaquis and ranquels, which were subjected and used as labour in the exploitation of the soil.
A city tour includes historical and cultural attractions including the Cathedral, Pringles Square, the Dora Ochoa Museum in Masramón, the Deliberating Council, the ExHouse of Government, Independencia Square, the Carpet Factory and the Interactive Museum of History of San Luis (Muhsal), among others. From the provincial capital you can also know other must-see places such as Potrero de los Funes, La Carolina, El Trapiche and the city of La Punta, as well as several mountain villas.
As the most important commercial, financial and meeting point, it is named after Juan Pascual Pringles in honor of the greatest liberating hero of San Luis, who is also honored with his central monument. It has large areas of forest, palm trees, fountains and a pergola.
It was inaugurated on July 9, 1916 and was called Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas, as it often served as a fortress to defend against the aborigines or as a stop for the Mateos. In the center, the statue of General San Martín points to the area where the Las Chacras camp was located. As a historical element, a branch of San Lorenzo pine was planted and grew in Santa Fe. Another attraction is the mobile calendar on which you can read the date.
This important spa in the east of the capital of San Luis has been revitalized and features an amphitheater, a large main staircase and a maze, as well as games and banquettes.
In a neoclassical style, its construction began in 1883 and took 61 years to complete it. The Corinthian style dominates its colossal façade, has a triangular frontispiece supported by six columns. A clear example of the eclecticism that occurs when a construction takes so many years to finish. The tourist who visits it will be surprised with its main altarpiece made by a master cabinetmaker. The wood carving and has a gilding to the leaf. Throughout the piece are the images of Saint Louis of France and the Immaculate Conception of Mary. Its frescoes are dazzled on the roof of the central nave. The painting of the grand dome of the cruise depicts the Assumption of the Virgin.
Built in the 18th century is clearly the oldest standing building in the city. The convent stopped working a while ago and inside are the Artisan Market and the Carpet Factory, which provide it with a range of colours due to its diversity of fabrics and ceramics. The venue is also used for cultural events, concerts and exhibitions.
It has two important rooms for film shows, theatre, opera and dance. Works of art are also exhibited in the central hall. The place also has schools that teach classes on classical dances, musical comedy, singing, among others.
This multidisciplinary museum is named after the Puntana writer and researcher of national importance. Its rooms feature works by artists such as Quinquela Martín, Castagnino and Soldi, fossil remains found in the province. Among them is the largest arachnid fossil in the world. There are also objects belonging to the indigenous peoples of the province, ancient costumes and elements of the battle of Chacabuco, among several others.
Technological and audiovisual resources give visitors a real experience that allows them to take a trip into the recent past. The rooms are dedicated to issues such as indigenous peoples, colonization and conquest, the province's contribution to the independence of America, unitary and federal struggles, immigration, coups d'état, the Falkland War and the advances of San Luis since the return to democracy and tribute to outstanding figures of the province
It is the name of a complex of buildings and a community park where the headquarters of the government of the province of San Luis was built. It is considered the first public ecological building in the country to be inaugurated on July 9, 2010 as a tribute to the bicentennial of the May Revolution. The headquarters of the provincial public administration is located on a hill of about 20 hectares. Surrounded by native flora and on the banks of the Chico Dam south of the city where experts believe this was the first foundation. The building is shaped like a pyramid, has six floors and an area of 65 square meters and 47 m. high, with a glass cover that offers a beautiful view of the city, the Portezuelo and the Sierras de San Luis. The urban landscape is completed with the Chico Dam and the San Luis River.
Just five kilometers from the city, behind the Terrazas del Portezuelo building, stands out this 130 metre high concrete and steel work with a viewpoint at 50 which can be reached by elevator or staircase. From there are important spaces such as the city of La Punta, the International Hotel del Potrero, the Juana Koslay car circuit, Terrazas del Portezuelo and the Industrial Park, among others. There are also temporary exhibitions and references about the history and characters of the province.
Source: Secretary of Tourism of San Luis
Publication Date: 07/12/2020
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