DIMITRIS VOUTSELAS DISCOVERS THE HISTORY AND FUTURE OF BUENOS AIRES’ HISTORIC DISTRICT

 

PLAZA DE MAYO

The Plaza de Mayo is the most important square in Buenos Aires. It is a point of history, politics and protest, a place where Argentines come together to remember their past, shape their future and demand justice.

What’s the story behind it? Located near the Financial District to the south of the city, Plaza de Mayo is surrounded by some of the most important buildings in the country, such as the Casa Rosada (the Presidential Palace), the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Cabildo (the former seat of government).

The Plaza de Mayo has been a witness to several notable events in Argentine history, including the May Revolution of 1810, which began the country’s struggle for independence from Spain. The revolution began when a group of citizens, led by Cornelio Saavedra, met in the Plaza de Mayo to protest the Spanish colonial government. The opportunity arose when the King of Spain was imprisoned, and the Argentinians considered this the right moment to establish their sovereignty. The protest quickly turned into a revolution, yet a peaceful one, and the Spanish viceroy was deposed.

HOTEL MADERO

Conveniently located for exploring the fascinating history of Plaza de Mayo is the Puerto Madero neighbourhood, which has undergone an evolution from a former waterfront district into a hipster hotspot. Known for its modern architecture, trendy restaurants and upscale shops, Puerto Madero is also home to the five-star Hotel Madero, a chic escape overlooking the water that acts as a stylish anchor for the area. It is also within walking distance of further attractions, including the Woman’s Bridge, a white suspension bridge by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (Museum of Modern Art) and Madero Harbour.

Bridge of the woman Puerto Madero

Hotel Madero offers 197 rooms and suites, each with fabulous city views and private balconies, and equipped with a personal bar, kitchenette and desk. Elsewhere, you’ll find a rooftop pool, a spa, an outdoor jacuzzi tub and a gym, plus an impressive lounge and restaurants. I loved my time here, and recommend this under-the-radar region of the city to all BA travellers.

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