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Monday, May 6, 2013


Balvanera neighborhood is one of the most visited neighborhoods of Buenos Aires City... but not many people know that! Even Porteños aren't able to identify the limits of Balvanera. The reason? People confusses it with other names which name major buildings of the neighborhoos. “Congreso” (our National Congress), “Once” (A main train station) and “Abasto” (a shopping mall). In every day use, these references name their surrounding streets, but all of them belong to Balvanera.

The name of the neighborhood comes from a parish (Our Lady from Balvanera) which tributes a Monastery in La Rioja, Spain. Although Balvanera is the official name, few people know their visiting this place when the go to the Congress, the Abasto Market or Once Train Station. This multi-cultural neighborhood has a strong presence of jews and arabs. It-s defined as a touristic commercial place of Buenos Aires.

Among the outstading places of Balvanera are: The National Congress (Entre Ríos Ave. and Rivadavia Ave.), the 11 de Septiembre Square ur Plaza Miserere (Rivadavia Ave. and Pueyrredón Ave.), the  Abasto Market (Corrientes Ave. and AnchorenaSt.), the Molino Cafe (Callao Ave. and Rivadavia Ave.), the building in the north-west corner of Corrientes Ave. and Pueyrredón Ave, the Café de los Angelitos (a traditional tango cafe in Rivadavia Ave. and Rincón St.) and the Perla de Once (where Argentine rock was born in the corner of Rivadavia Ave. and Jujuy Ave.).

Also among the touristic references, you can see the House-Museum of most famous tango singer Carlos Gardel (Anchorena St. and Carlos Gardel passage), the Gardel paintings on the streets by local artist Marino Santa María (Carlos Gardel St. and Zelaya St.) and the Salvador Church (Callao Ave. and Tucumán St.).

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