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Expert-Led Private Tour of Buenos Aires' Architecture

by Context Walks Duration 3h Free cancellation available No booking or credit card fees
per traveller Price is £40
Pricing based on group of 6 travellers

What was Buenos Aires like at the beginning of the 20th century, when the expression “riche comme un argentin” (as rich as an Argentine) was commonplace. The aim of this 3-hour walk, in the company of an architect or urban historian, is to examine what ‘Argentine national identity’ exactly is and to trace its expression in the architectural and urban tissue of Buenos Aires stemming from the beginning of the 20th century, the city’s golden age of la Belle Epoque when it became the “Paris of South America.“Our walk will begin at the legislative end of Avenida de Mayo, in front of the National Congress, which will allow us to understand the internal affairs of Argentina before 1930, and to position this rich country, whose wealth was based on export of agricultural products, within a broader context of the international political scene at the beginning of the 20th century. We will move on to a stunning example of private prosperity, going hand in hand with the prosperity of the state: the impressive Palacio Barolo, which was the highest building in Latin America at the time it was constructed. The building will bring up the subject of presentation and auto-presentation of the Argentine citizens a topic which will lead us to the ultimate public building designed to and for show: the famous Teatro Colón. Here we will try to trace the importance of various display possibilities, on stage as well as in an urban context in addition to public issues such as education, hygiene and infrastructure and their visual presence within the urban tissue. We will delve into these themes with a look at the Palacio Pizzurno, Escuela Roca or the Water Company Palace (Palacio de Aguas Corrientes).We will then make our way to one of the most elegant districts of Buenos Aires Retiro, the destination of those who fled the southern parts of town to escape the yellow fever epidemic in 1871. As we stroll through Plaza San Martín, we will be able to admire the private palaces of the Argentine society representing the greatest affinity to the once so demanded 'Parisian style'. By the end of our walk, we will emerge with a strong grasp of the city’s history through its buildings, how the city was shaped during this era as well as a better understanding of the complex and multileveled Argentine identity as a nation.

What was Buenos Aires like at the beginning of the 20th century, when the expression “riche comme un argentin” (as rich as an Argentine) was commonplace. The aim of this 3-hour walk, in the company of an architect or urban historian, is to examine what ‘Argentine national identity’ exactly is and to trace its expression in the architectural and urban tissue of Buenos Aires stemming from the beginning of the 20th century, the city’s golden age of la Belle Epoque when it became the “Paris of South America.“Our walk will begin at the legislative end of Avenida de Mayo, in front of the National Congress, which will allow us to understand the internal affairs of Argentina before 1930, and to position this rich country, whose wealth was based on export of agricultural products, within a broader context of the international political scene at the beginning of the 20th century. We will move on to a stunning example of private prosperity, going hand in hand with the prosperity of the state: the impressive Palacio Barolo, which was the highest building in Latin America at the time it was constructed. The building will bring up the subject of presentation and auto-presentation of the Argentine citizens a topic which will lead us to the ultimate public building designed to and for show: the famous Teatro Colón. Here we will try to trace the importance of various display possibilities, on stage as well as in an urban context in addition to public issues such as education, hygiene and infrastructure and their visual presence within the urban tissue. We will delve into these themes with a look at the Palacio Pizzurno, Escuela Roca or the Water Company Palace (Palacio de Aguas Corrientes).We will then make our way to one of the most elegant districts of Buenos Aires Retiro, the destination of those who fled the southern parts of town to escape the yellow fever epidemic in 1871. As we stroll through Plaza San Martín, we will be able to admire the private palaces of the Argentine society representing the greatest affinity to the once so demanded 'Parisian style'. By the end of our walk, we will emerge with a strong grasp of the city’s history through its buildings, how the city was shaped during this era as well as a better understanding of the complex and multileveled Argentine identity as a nation.

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9:30 AM, Expert-Led Private Tour of Buenos Aires' Architecture in English

Duration 3h No booking or credit card fees

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£236.67

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Expert-Led Private Tour of Buenos Aires' Architecture

Activity Location

Buenos Aires

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Cine Gaumont

    1635 Avenida Rivadavia

    AAG C1033


Highlights

  • Explore the Belle Epoque era of Buenos Aires

  • Marvel at the beautiful architecture found throughout

  • Avenida de Mayo, National Congress, Palacio Barolo

  • Palacio Pizzurno, Escuela Roca or the Water Company Palace

  • Privately guided tour led by local expert


Inclusions

  • Private tour led by a local expert guide


Exclusions

  • Service charge is not included and is left to the individual's discretion


Know Before You Book

  • Maximum group size of 6 participants

  • Tour operates rain or shine

  • Private tour