El Centro

Central Buenos Aires is made up of Barrio San Nicolás, a rectangular area bordered by Avenida Córdoba to the north and Avenida de Mayo to the south. It’s rarely called Barrio San Nicolás and has taken on the name El Centro. Microcentro is a smaller section of El Centro to the east of Avenida 9 de Julio. This entry focuses on El Centro west of Avenida 9 de Julio.

I walked to Plaza Lavalle on a short but pleasant pedestrianized section of Diagonal Norte from Avenida 9 de Julio. Plaza Lavalle sits a block west of the massive avenue.

Diagonal Norte in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Diagonal Norte

Plaza Lavalle in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Plaza Lavalle

Plaza Lavalle in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Plaza Lavalle

In the center of the plaza is a small park and a monument to General Juan Lavalle. There was some interesting public art as well as a gigantic tree.

General Lavalle monument in Buenos Aires, Argentina

General Lavalle monument

Plaza Lavalle in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Plaza Lavalle

Plaza Lavalle in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Plaza Lavalle

Other than the back end of Teatro Colón, there are some beautiful buildings surrounding the plaza. On the southwest corner is the Palacio de Justicia, Argentina’s Supreme Court building completed in 1905. On the southeast corner is Escuela Presidente Roca, a school built in 1903.

Palacio de Justicia in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Palacio de Justicia

Escuela Presidente Roca in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Escuela Presidente Roca

On the northeast corner is the Templo de la Congregación Israelita (Templo Libertad), a synagogue and an Argentine Jewish history museum built in 1897. Across the street is the Teatro Nacional Cervantes, which opened in 1921.

Templo de la Congregación Israelita in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Templo de la Congregación Israelita

Templo de la Congregación Israelita in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Templo de la Congregación Israelita

Teatro Nacional Cervantes in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Teatro Nacional Cervantes

Avenida Corrientes, just a block south of Plaza Lavalle, is fun to walk down. This is considered the Broadway of Buenos Aires. There are lots of theaters, restaurants, and flashing lights located on the street as well as some public art. I found it more enjoyable at night. I walked down it late on a Saturday night and it was packed with people.

Avenida Corrientes in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Avenida Corrientes

Avenida Corrientes in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Avenida Corrientes

One of the most important theatres on Avenida Corrientes is Teatro General San Martín. It was built in the 1950s and seats 1,100 people. A cultural center is attached to the theatre.

Teatro General San Martín in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Teatro General San Martín

On the very western fringes of El Centro are a few other landmarks I noticed. The first is a block north of Avenida Corrientes on Avenida Callao, Escuela Normal Domingo Faustino Sarmiento. It’s a school built in 1886. A large church, Iglesia del Salvador, sits a couple blocks north.

Escuela Normal Domingo Faustino Sarmiento in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Escuela Normal Domingo Faustino Sarmiento

Iglesia del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Iglesia del Salvador

The other important building is Palacio de Aguas Corrientes. It was built in 1887 as the former headquarters of the public water works, Aguas Argentinas. It definitely doesn’t fit in the neighborhood and is easily the most beautiful water pumping station I have ever seen. There is also a museum inside explaining the history of water treatment.

Palacio de las Aguas Corrientes in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Palacio de las Aguas Corrientes

Palacio de las Aguas Corrientes in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Palacio de las Aguas Corrientes

Palacio de las Aguas Corrientes in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Palacio de las Aguas Corrientes

Palacio de Aguas Corrientes in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Palacio de Aguas Corrientes

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