My husband Chris and I are big fans of city breaks and like to take at least two a year if we can. For us there are a number of great things about visiting cities including great restaurants, beautiful architecture, and access to fascinating museums. The latter can be especially interesting, as both of us enjoy learning about history (which can admittedly be a little awkward at times being a German-British couple). This means we always try to read up on a city before we travel so we have a little bit of context about the place we have chosen to visit.

Of all the cities we have visited in the world, one of our very favourites in terms of having a fascinating history, and in terms of many other things as well actually, is Buenos Aires. History fans lucky enough to find themselves in Buenos Aires could do far worse than head straight to the Plaza de Mayo. The square has been a key political centre of the city, and indeed the whole country, since the May 25, 1810 revolution which led to independence from Spain.

The square has since been home to a number of other key events in the history of Argentina, including during 1945 when mass demonstrations led by trade unionists forced the release of Juan Domingo Peron from prison, setting in motion the wheels that led to the Peronist movement and government which was so central to Argentinian politics during the post World War Two era. One of the key buildings associated with the Peron movement, and indeed other governments since, is the Casa Rosada (the Pink House) which overlooks the plaza and has seen many a passionate speech delivered from its world-famous balcony.

If you are like my husband and I, and enjoy soaking up history in museums, you are in for a treat in Buenos Aires. The city has a huge range of museums dedicated to all kinds of topics including Latin American Art, the natural sciences, and even, or should I say of course, the one and only ‘Evita‘.

With religion being such an important part of life in South America, the churches and cathedrals of Buenos Aires are a real delight. The grand and historic Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral is the main home of the Catholic church in Argentina and, sitting on the Plaza de Mayo, boasts an easily accessible location for visitors. Other fascinating sites steeped in religious meaning include the famous Recoleta Cemetery which is the final resting place for numerous figures of historical importance to Argentina including past presidents and, perhaps most famously, Eva Peron.

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Recoleta Cemetery – photo by Hamish Martin via Trover.com

So if you enjoy city breaks, and are fascinated by the history behind the cities you like to visit, it would be hard to think of many places better to explore than the captivating capital of Argentina. So why not book yourself into one of the many hotels in Buenos Aires and enjoy a little history tour?

 

Disclaimer: I am a freelancer for Hipmunk and am currently working on their #hipmunkcitylove project.

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Tammy & Chris are a couple hailing from Germany and England, meaning between them they are efficient and polite, but unable to talk about football. Find out why they stopped pushing pens around the British civil service to travel the world on their blog.

2 Thoughts on “A historical tour of Buenos Aires

  1. Fab shot Tammy and Chris 😉 I’ve only visited Lima and Cusco in SA so far; I need to add Argentina to my list.

    Ryan
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    • Tammyonthemove on September 10, 2015 at 8:04 am said:

      Peru is great. I lived there for a year, but Aregntina is also very special. I love Buenos Aires. It is one of my favourite cities.

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