January 5, 2014: Plaza de Mayo is to commemorate the May Revolution of 1810.
Plaza de Mayo is one of the many plazas in downtown Buenos Aires. It’s a popular tourist attraction, because it’s surrounded by many significant buildings, such as Casa Rosada (the presidential building), Cabildo (city council), Cathedral Metropolitan, Banco de la Nación Argentina (the National Bank of Argentina), Edificio Libertador y Paseo Colon (Army Headquarter).
When I visited Plaza de Mayo, I was on a group tour with A&K (Abercrombie & Kent). We only stayed 30min there, which was not enough to see all those buildings. :-(
January 5, 2014: La Casa Rosada is the executive mansion and office of the President of Argentina.
January 5, 2014: Madonna once sang the song Don't Cry For Me Argentina on the balcony of this building.
January 5, 2014: The green-roof building is the National Bank of Argentina (left) and the pink building is La Casa Rosada (right). The real estate in Argentina is evaluated in USD currency, instead of peso. Funny, isn't it? In fact, US currency is a hot commodity. Many Argentine locals and retail stores will be glad to accept it as a payment and give you a better exchange rate than the banks if you pay by US cash! The Argentine government restricts residents from importing/buying too much US currency from abroad, so it becomes a hot item.
January 5, 2014: This Greek styled palace is actually a church—Cathedral Metropolitan.
January 5, 2014: Interior view of Cathedral Metropolitan is as magnificent as its exterior Greek architecture.
January 5, 2014: the hallway of Cathedral Metropolitan
January 5, 2014: Cathedral Metropolitan
January 5, 2014: the stage in Cathedral Metropolitan
January 5, 2014: There are many exhibits inside Cathedral Metropolitan, but I didn't have time to see them all since I only had 30min!!! Access to the church is entirely FREE.
January 5, 2014: Another exhibit inside Cathedral Metropolitan
January 5, 2014: exterior view of Cathedral Metropolitan
January 5, 2014: Edificio Libertador (army headquarter)
January 5, 2014: Plaza de Mayo. It was a hot summer day.
January 5, 2014: Those crosses are erected to remember the soldiers serving during the 1982 Falklands War.
January 5, 2014: In the centre of Plaza de Mayo (May Square) is this May Pyramid.
January 5, 2014: Because of the surrounding significant buildings, Plaza de Mayo is often the location for any kind of protest!
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