Monuments of Buenos Aires: Monument of the Two Congresses



One of the largest sculptural monuments and the largest fountain in the city of Buenos Aires are located at Plaza del Congreso, opposite the National Congress (Av. Callao & Av. Rivadavia).

This imposing monument, inaugurated in 1914, is called Monumento de los Dos Congresos (Monument of the Two Congresses), in commemoration of the  Constitutional Assembly of 1813, and the Congress of Tucuman of 1816, which declared the Independence of Argentina from the Spanish Empire.

The Monument is the work of Belgian sculptor Jules Lagae, who created the figures, and  Eugenio D’Huicque, the Belgian architect who designed the basement, entirely constructed in stone from the French city of Nancy. It consists of a large fountain and an elevated platform surrounded by three flights of stairs. 

The main allegory in the center represents the Argentine Republic, holding a branch of laurel in one hand, and the other hand resting on a plough. At its feet, the snakes of evil and a figure representing labor. Below on each the sides, two female figures represent the 1813 Assembly, and the Congress of Tucuman. 


The fountain, which is oriented towards the East, represents the Rio de la Plata, and two allegoric figures represent its tributaries, the Uruguay and Parana rivers. The fountain is surrounded by bronze sculptures of animals representing the national fauna, a group of horses, condors, and rounds of cherubs representing Peace.


The Monument to the Two Congresses and the three  plazas where it is located, were designated a National Historic Monument in 1997.

Online cultural activities from Argentina


Teatro Colón

One of the things that have always characterized the city of Buenos Aires, which draws millions of people from all around the world, is its endless offer of cultural activities.

Unfortunately the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping us all at home and international travelers can't have the chance to visit our beautiful country for now, but we can still enjoy the Argentine culture from home. I have complied a few of the available options below:

1. TEATRO COLON
Every Sunday at 8:00 PM (Buenos Aires time) the prestigious Teatro Colón broadcasts some of its past fantastic productions for free to the world through its website and social media:

2. COMPARTIR CULTURA (Sharing Culture)
This platform, created by the National Ministry of Culture, presents the full audio and visual content produced by this Ministry, offering in one single site the best of the cultural and artistic expressions in our country: movies, theater, music, visual arts, literature, all in one easy access platform:
https://compartir.cultura.gob.ar/

3. CULTURA EN CASA (Culture at home)
This initiative of the Government of the City of Buenos Aires presents all the digital contents from the Ministry of Culture of the city, from theater plays, to workshops, virtual tours, music shows, concerts, audiobooks, movies, series and tutorials. All the contents are updated every day:
https://www.buenosaires.gob.ar/culturaencasa

4. NATIONAL FINE ARTS MUSEUM ONLINE 
Explore the digital collection of the The Fine Arts Museum, with more than 2500 works, with high definition images, audios, and suggested tours.
Through its YouTube channel, the Museum presents a series of interviews to great artists that have had a great impact in the visual history of our country:  Julio Le Parc, Juan Carlos Distéfano, Norberto Gómez, Sara Facio, Marie Orensanz, César Paternosto, Eduardo Stupía, Delia Cancela, Manuela Rasjido and Roberto Jacoby.
https://www.bellasartes.gob.ar/en/
https://www.youtube.com/user/MNBAdigital

6. MALBA Virtual
While we stay at home, Malba Museum offers a series of online proposals to bring the Museum to your own home, including virtual guided visits, movies, talks, classes, interviews:

7. FUNDACION PROA
Proa Foundation offers a wide variety of virtual tours, activities, conferences, and multimedia content available online:
You can tour numerous exhibitions through a very comprehensive section of Audio guides
At their YouTube channel you can see their historical exhibitions, accompanied by the orientation of their art guides:

8. VISIT ARGENTINA channel
Discover some astonishing videos featuring some of the wonderful landscapes Argentina has to offer:
https://www.youtube.com/user/visitarg/featured

French Market in Recoleta - March 2020


NOTICE: AS PART OF THE PREVENTIVE MEASURES FOR THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN SUSPENDED.


The first edition of the year of the authentic French Market "Le Marché" will be installed in Plaza Francia, on Av. Del Libertador between Dr. Luis Agote & Av. Pueyrredón on Saturday, March 14th and Sunday, March 15th, 2020, from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Over 25 gastronomic stalls run by some of the most renowned French chefs and restaurants in Argentina will be offering their special dishes characteristic of the French cuisine, such as boeuf bourguignon, carbonade flamande, crêpes, raclette, quiches, onion soup. Visitors will have the chance to taste and purchase French bakeries and different specialties, like macarons, croissants, éclairs, croque-monsieur, pains au chocolat, crème brûlée, tarte Tatin, Paris-Brest, and much more!


There will be a sector dedicated to French produce, like artisan cheese, cold cuts, bread, mustard, jams, among many other delicacies.



Live French music shows, talks, tastings and activities for kids will be presented during the weekend.

Free entrance
May be suspended in case of rain