Things to see and do in Palermo

Spanish Monument / Monumento de los Españoles: This monument was donated by the Spanish community on the occasion of the centenary of the May Revolution (1910). The foundation stone was laid at that time, but the memorial monument was officially inaugurated on 1927. Its 24,5m high are entirely done in Carrara marble and bronze. This impressive monument is part of the art nouveau style. The two artists responsible for the work suffered a succession of accidents: the Catalan sculptor Agustín Querol and Subiratis, winner of the competition for its construction, died one year after the start of the project. The work continued in the hands of his disciple Ciprinao Folqueras, who also died soon after (year 1911). It was finally the artist Antonio Molina who could finish it. This monument is strategically located in the intersection of Libertador Ave. and Sarmiento Ave. from where it can be appreciated at its full size at great distance and from different angles. It is a symbol of the evolution of the historical relationship between Spain and Argentina since the Centennial of the May Revolution was the starting point for a kind of reconciliation with Spain, after the intense anti-Spanish ruling from the Revolution to that time. It is definitely the work "of the Spanish," to the Argentine people, which reflected a new stage in the link between Spain and Argentina.

Planetarium Galileo Galilei: The Buenos Aires Planetarium Galileo Galilei, looks like a spaceship perched on the parks of Palermo near a small lake where you can normally observe ducks swimming. It is a place with educational activities at very low costs. On different days and times it is possible to see the planetarium on activity, showing the celestial bodies with full explanations; there are also views of eclipses and projections of the solar disk. In the gardens that surround it, families and young people seek air and sun during the weekends. The Planetarium was developed by the architect Henry Jan, in charge of the Department of Architecture and Urbanism between 1964 and 1968.

Botanical Garden Carlos Thays: the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden (whose official name in Spanish is Jardín Botánico Carlos Thays de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires) is located in the Palermo neighborhood of Buenos Aires. The garden is triangular in shape, and is bounded by Sante Fe Ave., Las Heras Ave. and República Árabe Siria St.. The garden, which was declared a national monument in 1996, has a total area of 69,772 sqm, and holds around 5,500 species of plants, trees and shrubs, as well as a great number of sculptures, monuments and 5 winter-houses. Designed by French-born Argentine architect and landscape designer Carlos Thays, the garden was inaugurated on September 7, 1898. Thays and his family lived in an English style mansion, located within the gardens, between 1892 and 1898, when he served as director of Parks and Walks in the city. The mansion, built in 1881, is currently the main building of the complex.

Parque Tres de Febrero or Bosques de Palermo (Palermo Woods): 25ha of green area located between Casares Ave. and Libertador Ave., noted for its groves, lakes and roses gardens, in which design the architect Carlos Thays had a great participation. Many people run through the woods every day, either on foot or on bicycle, and the turnout has increased remarkably in the weekends. There are also three artificial lakes where you can take boat rides on sunny days. One of the most popular parks is called El Rosedal (The Rose Garden) which has a white bridge that once crossed you can see the rose bushes that give the park its name. In this park there are numerous recreational activities on the Students Day (September 21st) as well as in other parks that make up the Tres de Febrero Park area. In this part of the town you will also find the Planetarium, the Japanese Garden, the Zoo and the Botanical Garden, ending in Plaza Italia, the center of Palermo, with its traditional Avenida Santa Fe, and the Jardin de los Poetas , where you can find majestic sculptures of famous writers like William Shakespeare, Paul Groussac or Alfonsina Storni, among others.

Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo (Argentine Hippodrome of Palermo): it is the most traditional racecourse in Latin America. Its sand track of 2400 meters is among the largest in the world. Since its inauguration on 1876, the turf is very popular in Buenos Aires. His most famous fan was Carlos Gardel, who used to sing in the studs of Palermo. He was also the owner of a horse called “Lunático”, which was often rode by the Uruguayan jockey Irineo Leguisamo, one of the leading figures of the national Thoroughbred Racing. The race track has three platforms: the Special, the Official - the most elegant, built in 1908 by the French architect Dujarric - and the Paddock, the closest to the boxes and the circle of exhibition. The buildings of the Hippodrome are an example of the classic French style of the XIII century.

Argentine Polo Field (Campo Argentino de Polo): the court of the Argentine Polo Field in Palermo neighborhood, is known as "the Cathedral of the Polo". Both the polo horses (ponies) and the Argentine polo players are considered the best in the world. The Argentine Polo Field has bleachers that can accommodate 30,000 spectators. Its stadium is also used for other sports, like El Pato (the national sport) and field hockey, as well as musical performances. Among the major clubs of the country's Dolfina, Indian Chapaleufú, Coronel Suárez, Ellerstina and La Aguada. In late November the Palermo Argentine Open Polo Championship, the most important tournament of the international Polo calendar takes place in this field.

Evita Museum: the Evita Museum opened its doors to the world on July 26th 2002, when commemorating the 50th anniversary of Eva's death. In the course of its six-year existence, it has become a cultural tourist landmark of the City of Buenos Aires, visited not only by Argentine people, but also by thousands of tourists from all over the world. The museum is located on a 20th century petit hotel, was acquired by the María Eva Duarte de Perón Social Aid Foundation in 1948 for a “Temporary Home” and which in 2007 was declared "National Historical Monument".

King Fahd Islamic Cultural Center: it was inaugurated in 2000 and is the largest Islamic temple in Latin America, beyond the Great Mosque of Caracas in Venezuela. The monumental Arabic-style building designed by the famed architect Saudi Shari Fail, who is credited with the direction of more than 200 mosques in the 5 continents, occupies an area of 3.5 hectares, and has capacity to house 1200 men and 400 women. It features conferences and exhibitions rooms, a school and a library.

Buenos Aires Zoo is located in a central area of the city, with a total area of 18 hectares which houses 2500 specimens of wild animals belonging to 350 different species. It is visited annually by about 3 million people, what places it in the top of the most visited zoos in the world.


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Palermo Chico or Barrio Parque: a residencial subdivision of Palermo. It is bounded approximately by Libertador Av. between Tagle St. and Cavia St., and the railroad tracks. Barrio Parque or Palermo Chico is one of the most desirable locations throughout the city.

It was designed in 1912 by the landscape architect Carlos Thays (director of Public Parks) who saw a different Buenos Aires, with a quarter of curves and diagonals, and lots of native vegetation. In the beginning he was known as District Grand Bourg. Classical buildings were built as the Palace Errazuriz, now the Museum of Decorative Art, and modern ones as that of MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires).

This quiet elite neighborhood is some minutes far from the major corporate and banking areas of Buenos Aires (Downtown and Puerto Madero), as well as from night life (Recoleta, Palermo Soho, Palermo Hollywood and Las Cañitas).

Along Libertador Ave. and Figueroa Alcorta Ave. there are also luxurious and modern buildings that give new life to the classic neighborhood.

Palermo Chico is known by its cobbled streets, narrow and with a curved irregular path, full of big and national trees. It's a quiet neighborhood where upper-class families live, as well as rich and famous Argentineans. One can appreciate great houses and old mansions, many of which are now occupied by embassies (Spain, Albania, Switzerland, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Poland, Slovakia, Portugal, Greece, Canada, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Uruguay, Chile, South Korea and Indonesia) and museums.

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