Parque Paseo Lezama

On a rainy day, I started my exploration of the Buenos Aires neighborhood of San Telmo at its southern end. I took the Subte to Estación Constitución and walking about six blocks to Parque Paseo Lezama. Let me tell you – not the brightest idea. The streets and park were almost completely empty and I encountered a few shady characters along the way.

Estación Constitución in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Estación Constitución

Parque Paseo Lezama is thought to be the site of the first failed attempt at the creation of Buenos Aires in 1536 by Conquistador Pedro de Mendoza. A monument to him is located in the park.

Pedro de Mendoza monument at Parque Paseo Lezama in San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Pedro de Mendoza monument

The park features a gazebo, sculpture garden, walkways, and recreational areas. There’s a lot of wear and tear but it’s easy to see its former glory.

Parque Paseo Lezama in San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Parque Paseo Lezama

Parque Paseo Lezama in San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Parque Paseo Lezama

Parque Paseo Lezama in San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Parque Paseo Lezama

On the grounds of the park is the Museo Histórico Nacional, housed in the former mansion of the Lezama family, built in 1857.

Museo Histórico Nacional in San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Histórico Nacional

Museo Histórico Nacional in Parque Paseo Lezama, San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Museo Histórico Nacional

On the north end of the park is the Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa de la Santísima Trinidad (Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church). This church with blue onion domes was built in 1901 using materials imported from St. Petersburg.

Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa de la Santísima Trinidad in San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa de la Santísima Trinidad

From Parque Paseo Lezama, I walked up Calle Defensa into the heart of San Telmo. Once I crossed under the highway, I immediately felt like I was in a different and better area. Buildings were in better condition, there were more people on the streets, and more life in general.

Calle Defensa in San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Calle Defensa

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