Why Should You Visit These 7 Important Historic Monuments in Argentina?
Argentina Historical and Cultural Landmarks
Every country has its landmarks, its representative buildings and monuments. Simply taking a tour and learning a bit about these monuments can give you an idea of the history of the place, of the things that matter the most to these people – since they erected a statue or preserved a building for the sake of it. Argentina is not different in this respect and its history will excite and surprise you. We have made up a list of just a few of the monuments you could visit in the capital and in a few other locations further away.
7 important monuments in Argentina
1. The Obelisk in Buenos Aires
The Buenos Aires Obelisk
The Obelisk was erected in 1936 on the location of the demolished church of St. Nicholas Bari. The location is particularly important because the Argentine flag was first ever hoisted in that church in 1812. An inscription on the side of the monument mentions this important aspect. The Obelisk was built in a record time of 31 days and it is 67.5 meters high.
There is some controversy around the monument as there are those who think that the it is not representative for Argentina and cannot be associated with the image of the country like monuments such as Big Ben and the Statue of Liberty. Even so, this does not stop tourists from visiting the Obelisk.
2. Eva Peron’s monument in Buenos Aires
The statue of Eva Peron in Buenos Aires
The 1999 statue of Eva Peron is the only one commemorating the former first lady of Argentina. Although there are a lot of sites that commemorate her contributions, this is the only statue. People come to see the monument which is located on the place of the former house of the Peron couple, house which was destroyed during a 1935 coup. Eva Peron was loved by the working class because she spoke for them. Her grave in the Buenos Aires La Recoleta Cemetery is not hard to spot as it is always filled with flowers.
3. Floralis Generica in Buenos Aires
Photo credit: Sebastian Silva @Flickr | The Floralis Generica monument in Buenos Aires
This modern work of art was a gift to the city of Buenos Aires by architect Edurdo Catalano. It is a giant stainless steel flower (23 meters high) that closes at night and opens in the morning. The monument is placed above a reflecting pool with a diameter of 44 meters. Apart from its aesthetic purpose, the pool serves a protective purpose. The monument is a symbol of hope which is reborn every single day.
4. Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires
Casa Rosada in Buenos Aires
Casa Rosada means the Pink House and it is the office of the President of Argentina. This is the most representative building of Argentina. It is associated with the Peron couple as Evita gave her most memorable speech at the balcony of this building. This was an important moment for the people of Argentina but it became world famous in the balcony scene of the “Evita” movie.
Casa Rosada can be visited and there is a lot to learn about it. It was erected in 1536 as a fort and it underwent a lot of changes as it served various purposes throughout the years.
5. Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires
Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires
Ranked third best opera house in the world, Teatro Colon in Buenos Aires has a great reputation. The acoustics alone place it fifth in a top of the world’s best music venues. This is a 100 year old building, opened in 1857, closed down and reopened in 1908 with Giuseppe Verdi’s Aida.
6. Don Quixote Monument in Tandil
Don Quixote monument in Tandil
One of the most popular monuments in Argentina is the one that pays homage to the literary work of Miguel Cervantes, Don Quixote. You can find it in Tandil, overlooking the Lago del Fuerte. Don Quixote and his sidekick Sancho Panza are caught in an illustrative pose, as they are facing a wind mill. The statue of Don Quixote is five meters high while the statue of Sancho Panza is 3.5 meters high. Even the road that takes there is beautiful and can be considered reason alone to go see that monument.
7. Museo Fundacional in Mendoza
Located in the heart of the Old City of Mendoza, the Foundation Area Museum is one of the main attractions and one no tourist should miss out on. A trip to this museum can really help you understand the history and the evolution of the city. You can learn a lot about life in the colonial era of the city, up until the moment of the 1861 earthquake when many of the buildings collapsed and were buried.
Maybe you are not the kind of person to get excited about a statue or about an old building that is now used for who knows what purpose. Sure, looking at them is an activity that takes up only a limited amount of time, unless we are talking about a building you can take a tour of. However, even as you walk about the city and happen to stumble upon these places, it is best to know where you are. So if you want to take a walking tour, setting one of these tourist attractions as destination or stops along the way is the best way of getting to know a place.