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Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Next Thursday May 31 the Buenos Aires City Government organizes the tour “206 years of Flores neighborhood”. The objective is to cover the historical center of one of the oldest hoods in Buenos Aires. Some of the best and most diverse architecture in town, an impressive church and a rich history are some of the attractives of this special spot you can discover. The tour starts ay 3PM and Hostel Colonial tells you what you can find.

The story of Flores started with a man called Juan Diego Flores who made a fortune out of nothing by acquiring lands in the west of a town called Buenos Aires in the end of the XVIII Century. In that rural territory, in the actual corner of Rivadavia and Boyacá Avenues a pact was signed: it ended the civil war and set the basis for modern Argentine (1859). One hundred years later, those lands became a part of a growing metropolis.

In this neighborhood you can find old and new architecture. A great example is the Marcó del Pont house (next to the Flores railroad station) and the Flores Church (in front of Pueyrredón Square, the heart of Flores). You can also find great examples of Art Deco and Art Nouveau houses. Also, the famous A Line of Buenos Aires subway (the oldest one, from 1913) ends in Flores and it’s a great way to get to the neighborhood from our Hostel Colonial.

Among some renowned figures which lived in Flores are: Juan José Paso (politician, member of the First Committee of Government), Marcos Paz (vice President), Roberto Arlt (famous XX Century writer), Baldomero Fernández Moreno (a Spanish poet whose sonnets are sculpted in our Obelisco) and Enrique Cadícamo (tango writer and poet).

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