Buenos Aires and the Recoleta neighborhood

The Recoleta Neighborhood of the Sunny Recoleta Apartment!

Recoleta is one of the most exclusive areas in Buenos Aires, where both history and charm get together, in its wide cultural circuit, with its museums, galleries, parks and gardens.

Map of the Recoleta Neighbourhood

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Neoclassical French influence on Recoleta’s architecture:

Recoleta´s architecture is signed by the neoclassical French influence, which had begun on the second half of the XIX century, when the aristocratic families from BS As who lived in the southern areas decided to relocate in this lands in a attempt to escape from a flu epidemic.

Therefore, since 1871 several luxurious residences were built in this area, giving its landscape an European resemblance.

A short history of the Recoleta Neighborhood:

Translated from the following page http://www.barriorecoleta.com.ar/historia-recoleta.html

“When Juan de Garay founded Buenos Aires for the second time in 1580, he divided the land between the 65 people who were with him. Only 6 of the 65 areas were located in what it is today known as the Recoleta neighbourhood. Today’s central Recoleta zone had been given to Rodrigo Ortiz Zárate, who created a farm called “Los “Los Ombúes”es”, because of the “Ombú” plants in that land.

After Rodrigo Ortiz de Zárate died, the land was inherited by Juan, his eldest’s son, who sold the land to the french captian Beaumont, in exchange for a suit, because thought that the land had no value whatsoever. In 1608, captian Beaumont sold the land in exchange of a pair of tongs, a wig, and a coat. Paradoxically, today Recoleta is one of the top premium zones in Buenos Aires.

The land changed hands many times, till in the XVIII century, a couple donated the land to the order of the “frailes Recoletos descalzos de la Congregación Franciscana“, a catholic monk order, who built a convent and the church “Nuestra Señora del Pilar“. The name “Recoleta” comes from the convent and church began in 1706 and finished in 1732.

The Recoleta Cemetery began at the same time that the church was started to build. President Rivadavia expropriated the cemetery, and it was called “Northern cemetery”. And when Torcuato de Alvear was major of the city of Buenos Aires, a new entrance to the cemetery was built.

In the 1870’s a yellow fever and cholera epidemic struck Buenos Aires, so the population spread out to avoid infection. The low and popular classes moved southwards, but the rich people chose Recoleta, because the land was high enough to reduce the number of insects transmitting these diseases.

These rich families built huge french style houses and mansions, surrounded by parks and gardens, with elements brought from Europe. Some say that Recoleta is a bit of Paris brought to Argentina: big green parks, exclusive avenues, and streets with bars, and premium restaurants.

The evolution of the Recoleta neighbourhood was very fast: during the XVIII century it was only plain land, a hundred years later  there were some villas. Half a century later, the villas were replaced by the rich huge houses and mansions that made Recoleta one of the top premium Buenos Aires neighbourhoods. Today, some of these mansions coexist with modern apartment buildings.

Plaza Teniente General Emilio Mitre

This plaza is located only one block away from the apartment. Many buses and the H subway / underground station are located on the this plaza.

Teniente General Emilio Mitre plaza and Lsa Heras and Pueyrredon avenues corner
Teniente General Emilio Mitre plaza and Lsa Heras and Pueyrredon avenues corner, with the entrance to the H subway underground line and many bus stops.

The H subway line links with other subway lines. Here is a picture of the entrance, located just two blocks away from the apartment, on the intersection of Pueyrredon and Las Heras avenues:

 entrance to the H Subway underground on plaza Teniente General Emilio Mitre
Entrance to the H Subway underground on plaza Teniente General Emilio Mitre

 

 

View of the interior of the Teniente General Emilio Mitre plaza
View of the interior of the Teniente General Emilio Mitre plaza
Plaza Teniente General Emilio Mitre with car parking garage
Plaza Teniente General Emilio Mitre with car parking garage
Plaza Teniente General Emilio Mitre and UBA building in the background
Plaza Teniente General Emilio Mitre and UBA building in the background

There is a very important underground car parking garage:

Emilio Mitre car parking garage entrance
Emilio Mitre car parking garage entrance
Emilio Mitre Car parking garage entrance
Emilio Mitre Car parking garage entrance

The “ecobici” systems by the Buenos Aires city government lends bicycles to anywone for free. The requisite is to insert the personal identification document data (DNI). Here is a picture of one of the depots, this one is located on the Teniente General Emilio Mitre plaza.

Plaza Teniente General Emilio Mitre and "ecobici" bicycle depot.
Plaza Teniente General Emilio Mitre and “ecobici” bicycle depot.

Plaza Gelly y Obes known as “La Isla”

Just two blocks and a half away from the apartment you may walk through “La Isla” around the Gelly y Obes plaza. The place is also known as “The little Paris”, because of the neoclasical french architectonical building style.

View of the Galileo street going to the Gelly y Obes plaza.
View of the Galileo street going to the Gelly y Obes plaza.
Corner of the Luis Agote and General Gelly y Obes streets.
Corner of the Luis Agote and General Gelly y Obes streets.
Gelly y Obes Plaza and British Embassy
Gelly y Obes Plaza and British Embassy
Monument on the Plaza Gelly y Obes
Monument on the Plaza Gelly y Obes
British embassy by the Gelly y Obes plaza.
British embassy by the Gelly y Obes plaza.
The National Library seen from plaza Gelly y Obes
The National Library seen from plaza Gelly y Obes
Buildings around Gelly y Obes plaza in "La Isla"
Buildings around Gelly y Obes plaza in “La Isla”
Beautiful trees around Gelly y Obes Plaza "La Istla"
Beautiful trees around Gelly y Obes Plaza “La Istla”

Plaza Mitre

This plaza remembers Bartolome Mitre, who  was president of Argentina during 1862-1868.

Bartolome Mitre monument on Plaza Mitre.
Bartolome Mitre monument on Plaza Mitre.
Dogs seem to love Plaza Mitre
Dogs seem to love Plaza Mitre
Republica del Libano street descending from Plaza Mitre
Republica del Libano street descending from Plaza Mitre
The National Library seen from Plaza Mitre
The National Library seen from Plaza Mitre
Plaza Justo Jose de Urquiza seen from Plaza Mitre.
Plaza Justo Jose de Urquiza seen from Plaza Mitre.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes  – National Gallery

Museo Nacional de Bellas Arte - National Gallery
Museo Nacional de Bellas Arte – National Gallery
Entrance to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes - National Gallery
Entrance to the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes – National Gallery
View of the Museon Nacional de Bellas Artes from Plaza Francia.
View of the Museon Nacional de Bellas Artes from Plaza Francia.

 Plaza Francia

French Monument to Argentina on Plaza Francia
French Monument to Argentina on Plaza Francia
A view of Plaza Francia
A view of Plaza Francia
Hop on hop off bus stop on Plaza Francia
Hop on hop off bus stop on Plaza Francia

Plaza Intendente Torcuato de Alvear and Plaza Francia flea market

This plaza is sometimes seen as a continuation of Plaza Francia, but officially is known as Plaza Intendente Torcuato de Alvear.

Flea market by the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar Recoleta
Flea market by the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar Recoleta
Plaza Francia flea market by night, Recoleta
Plaza Francia flea market by night, Recoleta
Flea market by the Buenos Aires Design
Flea market by the Buenos Aires Design
Stylish street lamp by the entrance of the Recoleta Cultural Center (Centro Cultural Recoleta)
Stylish street lamp by the entrance of the Recoleta Cultural Center (Centro Cultural Recoleta)
Many turists going through the flea market by the Buenos Aires Design
Many turists going through the flea market by the Buenos Aires Design

 Buenos Aires Design

Buenos Aires Design seen from Plaza Francia
Buenos Aires Design seen from Plaza Francia
Buenos Aires Design entrance with Hard Rock cafe
Buenos Aires Design entrance with Hard Rock cafe
Buenos Aires Design arcade with cafes and restaurants
Buenos Aires Design arcade with cafes and restaurants
Restuarants outside the Buenos Aires Design arcade
Restuarants outside the Buenos Aires Design arcade
Buenos Aires Design Arcade column
Buenos Aires Design Arcade column
Buenos Aires Design tables in the afternoon
Buenos Aires Design tables in the afternoon
Trees and restaurant tables by the Buenos Aires Design
Trees and restaurant tables by the Buenos Aires Design
Restaurant tables by the Buenos Aires Design aracade
Restaurant tables by the Buenos Aires Design arcade

 

Tables by the Buenos Aires Design by day
Tables by the Buenos Aires Design by day
Buenos Aires Design arcade
Buenos Aires Design arcade

 

Pizza shop under the Buenos Aires design arcade
Pizza shop under the Buenos Aires design arcade
Shops and restaurants under the Buenos Aires Design arcade
Shops and restaurants under the Buenos Aires Design arcade
Corridor under the Buenos Aires Design arcade
Corridor under the Buenos Aires Design arcade

Centro Cultural Recoleta (Recoleta Cultural Center)

Starbucks coffee shop by the Buenos Aires Design and Recoleta Cultural Center (Centro Cultural Recoleta)
Starbucks coffee shop by the Buenos Aires Design and Recoleta Cultural Center (Centro Cultural Recoleta)
Lateral view of the entrance to the REcoleta Cultural Center (Centro Cultural Recoleta)
Lateral view of the entrance to the REcoleta Cultural Center (Centro Cultural Recoleta)
Entrance to the Recoleta Cultural Center (Centro Cultural Recoleta)
Entrance to the Recoleta Cultural Center (Centro Cultural Recoleta)
Recoleta Cultural Center by night
Recoleta Cultural Center by night
Recoleta Cultural Center by night
Recoleta Cultural Center by night

Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar (Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar)

One of the oldests churchs in Buenos Aires, by the Recoleta cementery.

Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar (Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar)
Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar (Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar)
People visiting the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar (Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar)
People visiting the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar (Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar)
People going by the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar)
People going by the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar Catedral-Basílica de Nuestra Señora del Pilar)
Pilar Church iluminated at night
Pilar Church iluminated at night

 Nuestra Señora del Pilar Church by night

Nuestra Señora del Pilar Church by night

Tourists walking by night near the Pilar church recoleta
Tourists walking by night near the Pilar church Recoleta
Flea market by the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar
Flea market by the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar

La Biela bar and other restaurants

La Biela restaurant entrance, Recoleta
La Biela restaurant entrance, Recoleta

 

Tourists walking in front of Alvear avenue and La Biela
Tourists walking in front of Alvear avenue and La Biela
Evening by the La Biela bar Recoleta
Evening by the La Biela bar Recoleta

Recoleta Cementery (Cementerio de la Recoleta)

Sun on the corner of Vicente Lopez and Azcuenaga streets
Sun on the corner of Vicente Lopez and Azcuenaga streets
Typical Recoleta Cementery tops
Typical Recoleta Cementery tops
Monument on top of the Recoleta Cementery wall
Monument on top of the Recoleta Cementery wall

Village Recoleta, restaurants, pubs and cafes near the apartment:

Street lamps and trees before the Recoleta Mall entrance
Street lamps and trees before the Recoleta Mall entrance
Recoleta mall entrance stairs Vicente Lopez and Uriburu streets Recoleta
Recoleta mall entrance stairs Vicente Lopez and Uriburu streets Recoleta
Irish pub Sain Patrick Recoleta Buenos A
Irish pub Sain Patrick Recoleta Buenos
Lateral view of the Saint Patrick bar and restaurant
Lateral view of the Saint Patrick bar and restaurant
Cafe Bar "Locos x fútbol" Las Heras and Uriburu street, Recoleta
Cafe Bar “Locos x fútbol” Las Heras and Uriburu street, Recoleta