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Old April 26th, 2013, 03:07 AM   #1
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Discovering Parks and Plazas of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Parks and Plazas of Buenos Aires




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It's not secret that Buenos Aires experienced a massive demographic boost between 1890 and 1930 fueled by the arrival of millions of European immigrants coming mainly from Spain, Italy and France. The legacy of the hey day of this spectacular chapter of the city's history still lives strong in it's network of urban parks and plazas that were designed and placed strategically to give display the wealth generated by the agricultural model in that time period. Parks were usually commissioned to celebrate important milestones, historical figures or events.

But there are also newer, more contemporary spaces commissioned in the past few decades that underscore Argentina's cool and casual approach to urbanism and architecture- simple but sleek.


From belle-epoque to avante-garde, locals treasure their parks. People flock to these places to sunbathe, picnic with family or friends, read a book or simply sit and observe the parade of porteños stroll around. Top rate people watching is quite an interesting activity in a city where people place top importance on personal appareance. In any case, Argentine society is fairly egalitarian and this is shown in the democracy of the parque or plaza- if it is well kept and tony, it will attract both the rich and poor. Few seem to care who goes to Rosedal or Centenario, as long as there is space for them to enjoy too.

In this thread I will be showcasing photos from my collection of parks and plazas of Argentina's capital. I started this activity in February and as of this week I have visited 10 parks. I will be submitting photos of each place one by one, page by page.

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Old April 26th, 2013, 03:09 AM   #2
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Centenario Park

District of Caballito

In 1908 city officials decided to commemorate Argentina's Independence Centenary by building a park in what was then the limits of the urban area (but is now in the center of the autonomous city area, not even mentioning the urban area). They approved the purchase of 10 hectares and by 1910 a circular green park was built.

The prestigious French landscape artist Charles Thays was handed over work to design the layout of the greenery and configuration of walkways. Rerouting two streets, Thays created a circular green space anchored by fountain in the middle. As we will see later, he was responsible for designing most major parks built prior to 1930.

Important elements in the park include an internal lake graced by two statues: the Winged Victory statue made by Italian sculptor Eduardo Rubino and the Aurora statue made of carrara marble crafted by French artist Emil Peynot. An amphitheater also is prominent in the eastern side of the park and is open for public events.

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Our Lady of Dolores Church in background

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Aurora Statue with sunbathers in the way

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The lake

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The Winged Statue is barely visible but is noticeable if you spot it's pedestal

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Winged Victory statue in detail

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Part II of Centenario Park will be posted in the middle of this page.
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Old April 26th, 2013, 03:54 AM   #3
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Nice! I love BA.
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Thanks Robert Walpole for commenting.

Here are two more photos of the park.

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Old April 28th, 2013, 12:03 PM   #6
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Amazing and very nice photos of parks and squares of Buenos Aires
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The parks in Buenos Aires are many, varied and for every taste, and very beautiful, great photos
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