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I did not know what to do for this little project. So, I said to myself,"Self, what would you like to find out more about?" Then I realized I would be going to Buenos Aires soon, so I took this opportunity to find out more about the city. So I decided to dedicate this page to Buenos Aires.
Buenos Aires is Argentina's largest city and port. I have always wanted to visit because it is a cultural center of Latin America and it is filled with fascinating history and tradition. I can't wait!
What To See...
- La Boca: La Boca means The Mouth in English. Located just south of the center of town, La Boca could be called the Ellis Island of Argentina, where many immigrants (mostly Italians) arrived in the 1930's. This is also the birthplace of tango and to this day it is filled with tango-dancing street performers. This barrio is also famous for its nightlife, where tango bars are plentiful. (Info taken from Samantha Brown: Passport to Latin America).
- La Casa Rosada: This literally means The Pink House. This is the Argentine House of Government and has been since 1810. It was first painted pink during the presidency of Domingo Faustino Sarmiento and is famous for the Presidential Balcony from which the president can speak to the public. (Think Evita). This also houses a museum displaying more than 10,000 artifacts of Argentine presidents. (Info taken from Buenos Aires: Customized tour programs to Argentina for travelers.).
- La Plaza de Mayo: This plaza sits in front of La Casa Rosada. This is a central meeting place for the locals and is also rich with history and pain, being the sight of many riots and demonstrations from people looking for justice. For example, the Peronist demonstration of October 17, 1945 took place here. Because of this history it is very-well protected with security measures. (Info taken from World66: Buenos Aires Sights.
- Colon Theater: This theater is Latin America's largest lyrical theater and is considered to be one of the best opera houses in the world because of its incredible acoustics and breath-taking architecture. As a lover of music, I'm especially excited to see this. (Info taken from Buenos Aires: Customized tour programs to Argentina for travelers.)
- Calle Florida: This is the central shopping peatonal street of the city. This street is also filled with tango dancers and is always busy with people shopping or enjoying the street cafes. (Info taken from World66: Buenos Aires Sights.
- The Metropolitan Cathedral: This is Argentina's most important catholic church. It has five wide neo-Renaissance naves. The central nave, called San Pedro's, is 246 feet wide. The Tabernacle Chapel displays an altar built with fine marble and bronze imitating San Pedro's "Confession Altar." Inside, a marble mausoleum holds the remains of General Jose de San Martin, who is Argentina's greatest independence hero. (Info taken from Buenos Aires: Customized tour programs to Argentina for travelers.)
Tango music was born in the suburbs of Buenos Aires, notably in the brothels of the Junin and Lavalle districts. This style of music and dance is one of the major reasons why I wanted to go to Buenos Aires in the first place.
Like I said, tango was born in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. Its sensual dance moves were seen as indecent, and the genre was not respected until it was adoped by the Parsian society in the 1920s. Afterwards, it evolved into an elaborated genre and was performed all over the world. (Fun fact: In Buenos Aires, tango dancing schools, known as academias, were usually men-only establishments.) Starting in the 1920s, the Buenos Aires style of tango music evolved into an elaborate genre. In its heyday, tango had many famous orchestras such as those led by Aníbal Troilo and Juan D'Arienzo, and singers such as Carlos Gardel and Edmundo Rivero. Tango enjoyed a resurgence in global popularity later in the 20th century due almost exclusively to Astor Piazzolla and his development of the tango nuevo style.
Nowadays in San Telmo, Sundays are devoted to tango shows on the streets and antiques trade in the bazaars around Dorrego Square. Tango shows can be found in establishments such as Rivero's El Viejo Almacén and also on the streets of La Boca.
(Fun Fact: Buenos Aires holds an annual "Tango Day" each December 11.)
Info taken from Buenos Aires- Wikipedia.
Another reason I became interested in Buenos Aires is because of the life of this woman. I did a biography report on her in fifth grade, and since then I have been fascinated by Eva Peron's story. Check her out.
Maria Eva Duarte de Perón (May 7, 1919 July 26, 1952) was the second wife of Argentine President Juan Domingo Perón and the First Lady of Argentina from 1946 until her death in 1952. She is often referred to as simply Eva Perón, or by the Spanish language diminutive Evita.
Born out of wedlock in rural Argentina in 1919, at age 15 Eva Duarte made her way to the nation's capital of Buenos Aires where she pursued a career as a stage, radio, and film actress. Eva met Colonel Juan Perón in 1944 at a charity event in San Juan, Argentina. The two married in 1945. Eva Perón became involved in Argentine politics in 1946 shortly after Juan Perón's first election as President of Argentina. Over the course of the next six years, Eva Perón became powerful within the Pro-Peronist trade unions. Eventually, she founded the charitable Eva Perón Foundation, and the nation's first large-scale female political party, the Female Peronist Party.
In 1951, Eva Perón expressed a desire to be allowed to run for the office of Vice-President of Argentina. In this bid she received great support from the Peronist public, or descamisados. However, opposition from the nation's military and elite, as well as her declining health, ultimately prevented Eva Perón's candidacy. In 1952, shortly before her death, Eva Perón was given the official title of "Spiritual Leader of the Nation".
Info taken from Eva Peron- Wikipedia.
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