Overall distance: 2,5 km
This walk through the oldest part of the Recoleta quarter brings us to some of the most important art spaces and historical sites of the city, crossing beautiful parks and squares with sculptures and monuments of exceptional quality.
At the beginning of the 18th Century, monks belonging to the Franciscan order of the Recoletos Descalzos (barefoot friars) settled in this area, beyond the borders of what was then Buenos Aires. Their convent and church were dedicated to Our Lady of the Pillar (Nuestra Señora del Pilar, more about, see Iglesia del Pilar). The local population named it La Recoleta, designation that was extended later to the whole area.
Some Highlights in this tour:
Cementerio de La Recoleta
Worldwide famous for the historical and artistic value of its architecture and mausoleums.
Basílica Nuestra Señora del Pilar
Inaugurated in 1732. At the Claustros del Pilar there is a museum of art from the 14th to 19th Century.
Centro Cultural Recoleta
A dynamic art center in one of the city's oldest architectural ensembles.
National Museum of Fine Arts
Collection of Argentine art from the beginning until today, and of international art from the Middle Ages to the 20th Century. Important temporary exhibitions.
Monument to Bartolomé Mitre
An excellent view even as far as to the Rio de la Plata.
Outstanding building work by architect Clorindo Testa, with F. Bullrich y A. Cazzaniga, constructed between 1972 and 1992.