Recoleta and Barrio Norte, Buenos Aires Recoleta and Barrio Norte
Fashionable Recoleta takes its name form the Franciscan convent c 1716, but is best known for its astonishing necropolis. It has many public gardens and the city's largest craft fair happens on Sunday. An entertaining site is the paseaperros, professional dog walkers with up to 12 on a leash. During the yellow-fever outbreaks of 1870, this is the area to which the upper-class retreated.
Recoleta Cemetery is a true "city" of the dead where visitors walk amid the elaborate mausoleums that are the final resting place of a Who's Who of Argentine history.The embalmed body of Eva Duarte de Perón rests here in the Duarte family tomb. The ostentatious crypts are a testament to the national passion for death.Argentineans honor their revered not only on the day of their birth but the day of their death.
Museum of the Hispano-American Art of Isaac Fernández Blanco
An extensive collection of colonial silver, wood carvings, paintings and costumes are housed in Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernández Blanco, originally built as the residence of the architect Martín Noel in the late 18th C.The almost jungle-like garden provides a pleasant background for the outdoor theatrical performances mounted here during the summer.
The writer Jorge Luis Borges imagined the construction of the National Library in 1958, when he was its director. The actual building did not start until the 1970s and the new building did not open until the early 1990s. But this ultra-modern library is already suffering ill-effects. Prominent Latin American literary figures lecture here.
National Museum of Decorative Art
The National Museum of Decorative Art is in a landmark Classical French-style building in Buenos Aires. Paintings of the Spanish mannerists and French Impressionists plus Renaissance and Baroque furniture, tapestries, porcelain and silver are exhbited.
Museum of Oriental Art
Sharing the stunning Palacio Errázuriz with the Museo Nacional de Arte Decorativo is the Museo de Arte Oriental. The museum displays some fabulous pieces but the building itself is an equally impressive attraction.
National Museum of Fine Arts
The Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes houses works by European masters like Renoir, Rodin, Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec and van Gogh as well as 19th and 20th C Argentine artists.
Tierra Santa is the first religious theme park in the world. Visitors will experience life in the time of Christ by strolling through artistic recreations of Jesus' life.
Museum of Argentine Motifs Jose Hernandez
Named after the author of the gaucho epic "Martin Fierro", this museum houses Argentine folk-art from prehistory to present.