11/07

120th anniversary of May Avenue! Visit it whith us

The avenue is often compared with La Gran Vía in Madrid, although the Spanish avenue was built later (1910).  It is also compared to those in Paris or Barcelona due to its sophisticated buildings of art nouveau, neoclassic and eclectic styles. It is one of the most historic avenues of Buenos Aires with a great architectural beauty. Its oldest cafés, bookstores, and palaces make this stop, a must for any visit to this big city

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This avenue connects the Legislative Palace with our famous ‘Casa Rosada’, seat of executive power

Confiteria El Molino

The “Confitería El Molino” is an Art Nouveau style coffeehouse located  in front of the Argentine National Congress.

In 1915 Cayetano Brenna, a famous confectioner, commissioned the Italian architect Francisco Gianotti, to design the building that would house the café on its ground floor. When finished in 1917 the building, which was on the site of an existing café, was one of the highest buildings in the city with a corner turret illuminated from the inside with electric lighting, and featuring stained glass windows and decorative windmill sails.


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The Cafe Tortoni is the ‘One” Cafe in Buenos Aires that you must visit, but little is known about its origins. Is the oldest Café in Bueenos Aires, a French immigrant named Touan decided to open it at the end of 1858, and that the name was taken from an establishment on Boulevard des Italiens, where the elites of Parisian culture used to meet up.

In 1894 the May Avenue was opened a new and luxurious facade was built with access to the new road. The new part of the residence, designed by the Norwegian architect Alejandro Christophersen in a French academic style

The place was frequented by a group of painters, writers, journalists and musicians who formed  the Arts and Letters Association, led by Benito Quinquela Martin.

In this café time seems to have stood still like an old photograph, when people used to come here to play billiards, cards, or just to share a coffee with friends. With each day that passes, the place becomes an ever more indispensable part of the history of Buenos Aires.

Palacio Barolo

Palacio Barolo: This Incredible Building was constructed by the Italian architect, Mario Palanti was commissioned to design the building by Luis Barolo. The basic design, in eclectic style, was conceived simultaneously with one for the Palacio Salvo in Montevideo, Uruguay.  It was completed in 1923.

Very near Palacio Barolo we can find this estrange buildin called “La Inmobiliaria”, with great red domes and a Greco-Roman style. It was built for the Insurance Company, La Inmobiliaria, thats why its name.

Edificio La Inmobiliaria

THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS WALK AND LIVE THIS GREAT AVENUE, WE CAN GUIDE YOU THROUGH ALL ITS HISTORY, CUSTOMS AND EVERY DETAIL OF ITS ARCHITECTURE. info@perfectargentina.com

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