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Plaza San Martin

Buenos Aires, Argentina
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This delightful, city-center park stretches from the grand, British-built Retiro station at the bottom of the hill up to shady, tree-lined walkways at the top, which is the northern end of the pedestrian shopping street, Calle Florida. The park is surrounded on all sides by historic, iconic buildings: the art deco skyscraper Edificio Kavanagh, once the tallest building in South America; the Basílica del Santísimo Sacramento, an ornate church; the early 20th century Palacio San Martín, the palace once owned by the wealthy Anchorena family; and the Palacio Paz (now the Círculo Militar), built as the residence of wealthy newspaper founder, José C Paz. You can't miss the park's... Read More

This delightful, city-center park stretches from the grand, British-built Retiro station at the bottom of the hill up to shady, tree-lined walkways at the top, which is the northern end of the pedestrian shopping street, Calle Florida. The park is surrounded on all sides by historic, iconic buildings: the art deco skyscraper Edificio Kavanagh, once the tallest building in South America; the Basílica del Santísimo Sacramento, an ornate church; the early 20th century Palacio San Martín, the palace once owned by the wealthy Anchorena family; and the Palacio Paz (now the Círculo Militar), built as the residence of wealthy newspaper founder, José C Paz. You can't miss the park's giant ombu tree, a native herb of the Pampas renowned for its tremendously wide trunk and canopy-like branches. Near Retiro station is the black marble monument to the soldiers who lost their lives in the Falklands War. With an irony not overlooked by the authorities, it stands opposite the Torre Monumental (more commonly known by its previous name, Torre de los Ingleses), which looks like Big Ben and was a gift from Anglo-Argentines to Argentina for the centennial celebrations.

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