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Open House Buenos Aires 2022


The annual Architecture and Urban Planning Festival Open House Buenos Aires, will take place this year on Saturday, October 1st and Sunday, October 2nd, 2022. An open house weekend at those buildings that cause admiration and curiosity. Buenos Aires was the first Latin American city to adopt the Open House concept in 2013.

Open House offers the opportunity to enter for free and explore those private or public places that are normally closed to the general public, with the help of volunteers who generously give their time to accompany and comment on the tours. This year more than 150 buildings selected for their architectural heritage and cultural value and which usually can not be accessed freely will be open to the public.

Only with some exceptions, most of the buildings this year do not require previous registration to visit, but in order to secure entrance it is recommend to arrive as early as possible and as much in advance before the closing time. An ID will be requested without exception in order to enter the buildings on the day of the event.

There are some additional free activities during the weekend, like bike tours, Open Foto, City Walks, and Open Muro.

For more information visit Open House Buenos Aires website (in Spanish only).

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Casa Fernandez Blanco

Edificio Bencich


Teatro Colon Guided Tours


After more than two years being suspended because of the pandemic, the guided tours to the interior of the magnificent Teatro Colon of Buenos Aires start running again on April 21st, 2022.

The tours are held every day of the year, including weekends and holidays (except May 1st, December 24th, 25th and 31st, and January 1st).
The guided visits have a duration of approximately 50 minutes, starting at Paseo de los Carruajes, on Tucuman 1171.
Tours are offered every 15 minutes from 10:00 AM to 4.45 PM. 
Guided visits in English are conducted every day at 10:00 AM, 11.00 AM, 12.00PM, 1:30 PM, 3.00 PM, and 4:00 PM.

The visit has a cost of $ 18,000 Argentine Pesos for foreign visitors.
Argentine residents (with DNI): $8,000 Pesos
Retirees, resident university students (1) and Cultural Pass: $3,500 Pesos
Children under 7 years old (2): Free of charge
People with a disability certificate and one companion (3): Free of charge

1. Tickets corresponding to the “Retirees” and “Students” rates may be purchased by credit or debit card only at the Teatro Colón Ticket Office upon presentation of official documentation proving that status.

2. Tickets for minors, free of charge, must be exchanged for the same method in which the paid tickets were purchased (website or in-person ticket office).

3. Discounts are only applied to the Ticket Office upon presentation of the corresponding credential or certificate.

The entrance ticket can be acquired at the Theater's box office (Tucuman 1171), with credit card, debit card, or cash (Pesos), or online through this link.

For more information, visit the Teatro Colon website,






Open House Buenos Aires 2021


Palacio de Aguas Corrientes

Open House Buenos Aires, the festival of architecture and urban planning of the city of Buenos Aires, will take place this year on Saturday, December 4th and Sunday, December 5th, 2021. 

Open House offers the opportunity to enter for free and explore those private or public places that are normally closed to the general public, with the help of volunteers who generously give their time to accompany and comment on the tours. 

There are some additional free activities during the weekend, like Bike tours, Open Foto, City Walks, and Open Muro.

This year all the visits and activities require previous registration. Registration starts on November 23rd, at 10 AM BA time, through this link: 
The spaces are limited and the maximum is 3 selected buildings each day. An ID will be requested without exception in order to enter the buildings on the day of the event.

For more information visit Open House Buenos Aires website.

Chacarita Cemetery

Ecoparque Buenos Aires

Plaza de Mayo, a historical landmark of Buenos Aires


Plaza de Mayo is as old as the city of Buenos Aires itself. Juan de Garay founded Buenos Aires city for the second time in 1580. At this time, he also decided the location of the Plaza Mayor, current Plaza de Mayo.

From then on, the Plaza the Mayo has been the scenario of all the major events in the history of Buenos Aires. Even today, it's the meeting point of all major demonstrations, political revolts, and popular festivals.

The Plaza de Mayo suffered many changes throughout the years, but the one that gave it the appearance it has today, was performed by CharlesThays. He transplanted some of the original palm trees, designed new paths and added flower beds.

At the center of the Plaza de Mayo, you can see one of the most important monuments in Buenos Aires, not because of its appearence, but for its symbolic meaning:

Piramide de Mayo (May's Pyramid):
Erected in en 1811, it was the first historical monument of Buenos Aires, and it was declared as a National Historic Monument one year later; it's a small obelisk, to which a figure representing Liberty, made by French sculptor Doubourdieu, was added during its redesign by Argentine architect and painter Prilidiano Pueyrredón in 1856, preserving the original pyramid in its interior.

Another important monument in the Plaza the Mayo is the Equestrian Statue of Manuel Belgrano:
Facing the Casa Rosada on Balcarce street, this work by French sculptor Albert Carriere-Belleuse and Argentine Manuel de Santa Coloma, depicts general Belgrano admiring the Argentine flag.

Being the heart of the city's political life, many official buildings surround this square, as well as other buildings with a great architectural value:

Casa Rosada Government House (Pink House) - Balcarce 50


The building, in its current location, has always been the national government's headquarters from 1810 to date, but the current building was finished in 1884, in a Renaissance style, with an asymmetrical facade. President Sarmiento (1868-1874) decided to paint the building of a pink color.

Above the entrance on Balcarce Street you can see the famous Evita balcony.

On 219 Hipolito Yrigoyen St., you will find find the entrance to the Museum of the Casa Rosada, which shows presidential memorabilia, and offers guided visits to the interior rooms of the governmental building in several languages. www.casarosada.gob.ar/la-casa-rosada/museo

Metropolitan Cathedral - Rivadavia and San Martín
In 1692, construction of the first cathedral was carried out on this same plot. In 1822 , the current building was finished, after a century and a half of several architectural works. This is a neoclassical building, with Greek influences, atypical for a church. The facade was made in 1822 by Próspero Catelin and Pierre Benoit, inspired in the Palais Bourbon in Paris. Though the exterior looks more like a Greek temple than a church, its interior is like a colonial Spanish church. Inside the cathedral, you can observe pictures and sculptures, mainly made by Italian artists.
You may access the mausoleum where General Jose de San Martin remains are. He has been a hero of our independence.


Cabildo (Colonial Town Hall) - Bolívar 65
This is the only building that preserves the authentic colonial style from the times of its construction. During colony times, the Cabildo was the institution which represented the local interests. Along the years, the Cabildo suffered successive architectural modifications.
In 1810, the building held the events which would give rise to the Primera Junta de Gobierno and later to the declaration of independence.
This building currently houses the Cabildo Historical Museum and Museum of the May Revolution.


Banco de la Nacion Argentina (Argentine's National Bank) - Rivadavia and 25 de Mayo
Between 1857 and 1888 this was the site of the first Teatro Colon. In 1888 the place was transformed into the headquarters of the National Bank. The present building was designed by renowned Argentine architect Alejandro Bustillo, and was built between 1937 and 1955. The most remarkable part of this building is its central Hall and its Dome, one of the largest in the world.


Banco Frances - Reconquista and Rivadavia
Inaugurated in 1929, magnificent facade in the Spanish Plateresque style.


Municipal Palace (City Governement Building) - Bolivar 1
French Academicist style building, home to the municipal government of Buenos Aires since 1856, one of the nicest buildings around the Plaza de Mayo.


Legislative Palace - Diagonal Roca and Peru
The construction of this building started in 1927. The front has columns in Corinthian style and balconies in the first floor. Surrounding all the building on the last floor, 26 sculptures recreate certain classical French models. The tower, that is 97 meters high, the most noteworthy area of the building, has 4 sundials, and holds a 30 bells German carillon.



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.

Open House Buenos Aires 2019


Palacio de Aguas Corrientes

Open House Buenos Aires, the festival of architecture and urban planning of the city of Buenos Aires, will take place this year on Saturday, November 9th and Sunday, November 10th, 2019. An open house weekend at those buildings that cause admiration and curiosity.  Buenos Aires was the first Latin American city to adopt the Open House concept in 2013. 

Open House offers the opportunity to enter for free and explore those private or public places that are normally closed to the general public, with the help of volunteers who generously give their time to accompany and comment on the tours. This year more than 100 buildings selected for their architectural heritage and cultural value and which usually can not be accessed freely will be open to the public.

Some buildings require previous registration. Registration starts on October 22nd, at 10 AM BA time, through this link: 

http://www.openhousebsas.org/edificio

Select the building with INSCRIPCION ONLINE you want to visit and click on INSCRIBITE AL EDIFICIO DESDE EVENTBRITE.

The spaces are limited and the maximum is 3 selected buildings each day. An ID will be requested without exception in order to enter the buildings on the day of the event.

Most of the buildings do not require previous registration, but in order to secure entrance it is recommend to arrive as early as possible.

There are some additional free activities during the weekend, like bike tours, Open Foto, City Walks, and Open Muro.

For more information visit Open House Buenos Aires website.

Planetario Galileo Galilei

Palacio Municipal

Museo de Arte Decorativo - Palacio Errázuriz

Art&Swap, the most original art show from Belgium in Argentina



ART&SWAP is the art exhibition where works are exchanged for goods or services. This year's exhibition, called Ciudad Natural will be held from May 17th to May 19th, 2019 at MARQ (Museo de Arquitectura de Buenos Aires - Av. del Libertador 999 @ Callao), with a selection of artworks by Argentinian and Belgian artists, combinming art, nature and architecture.

This original event comes from Brussels, Belgium. Their organizers have decided to replicate the proposal in Argentina with the name of Art&Swap, under the curatorship of Helena Heukeshoven. The event brings together renowned and emerging artists from both countries that exhibit their creations and offer them in exchange for goods or services. Upon entering the exhibition, visitors receive a small Post-it block. Those interested in a work of art leave a note with their proposal of goods or services that are willing to offer in return. At the end of the exhibition, the artist chooses the best offer to exchange for his or her work.

Selected artists:
From Belgium:
Erika Schillebeeckx (Krjst) - Geoffroy Mottart (photo) - Justine de Moriamé (Krjst) - Michel Couturier - Nils Verkaeren.
From Argentina: Agustina Chalupowicz - Agustina Ocampo - Ana Casanova - Andrea Alkalay - Andres Agosin (MONK) - Arturo Aguiar - Belén Càrcano - Blanca Estela Vivas - Carla Melillo - Daniel Juarez - David Sisso - Emma Herbin - Facundo Quinto - Fer Pietra - Guadalupe Fernandez - Guido Chouela - Jaki charrua - Karina Glocker - Lia Porto - Maria Angela Rivero - Maria Ferrari Hardoy - Maria Martha Pichel - Masako Kano - Pablo Noce - Patricia Miani - Paula Cecchi - Raul Steingart - Rosana Schoijett - Rosario Arias Usandivaras - Santiago Azcuy - Sofia Mele - Vivian Galban.

Program:

Friday, May 17
6.00 PM - 10.00 PM: Inauguration to the public with tasting of Belgian gastronomic products and live music.
Saturday, May 18
11.00 AM - 7.00 PM: Ciudad Natural Exhibit. Belgian gastronomic food court.
5.30 PM: Cello, guitar and Sax Trio at the Marq (registration online).
Sunday, May 19
11 AM - 7.00 PM: Ciudad Natural Exhibit. Belgian gastronomic food court.
2.00 PM: Performance by Ikebana accompanied by a cello solo by maestro Nestor Tedesco (registration online).

Interventions in the City:
ART&SWAP will also be present at five parks in the City, with interventions by Geoffroy Mottart on six monuments by Belgian sculptors.

Thursday, May 16
10:00 AM: Plaza del Congreso (Av. Entre Rios y Av. Rivadavia). First intervention by Geoffroy Mottart on the Monumento de los dos Congresos (Belgian sculpture Jules Laglae, 1914)
Friday, May 17
10:00 AM: CCK (Viamonte y Leandro N. Alem) Intervention on the monument to Samuel Morse (Belgian sculptor Louis Bruninx, 1915)
11:00 AM: Fine Arts Museum (Av. del Libertador y Av. Pueyrredon). Intervention on the sculptures Reaper and Sower (Belgian sculpture Constantin Meunier, 1896)
Saturday, May 18
10:00 AM: Plaza Bélgica (Ramón Castilla y Alejandro M de Aguado, Palermo). Intervention on the sculpture "Huiselijke zorgen" (Belgian sculptor Rik Wouters, 1913)
11:00 AM: National Library (Aguero 2502). Intervention on the bust of Jose Marmol (Belgian sculptor Louis Bruninx, 1939).

All the events with FREE ENTRANCE to the public.

National Day of the Historical Monuments 2019


Cabildo de Buenos Aires
The National Day of the Historical Monuments 2019 will  be celebrated on Saturday, May 4th and Sunday, May 5th in Buenos Aires and many cities around the country. During the weekend hundreds of National Monuments and other historical buildings and sites will be open with free entrance to all the public.

The activities include guided visits, historical circuits and special activities so visitors can learn about the history, architecture, and patrimonial value of these landmarks and historical sites.

Some of the activities and visits inside some of the buildings require previous online registration, which will open on April 25th. For information on sites to visit in the city of Buenos Aires and online registrations, go to:

https://www.argentina.gob.ar/monumentos/2019/caba

For more information on activities and sites in other cities across the country go to:

https://www.argentina.gob.ar/cultura/monumentos/2019

(All information available in Spanish only)

Chacarita Cemetery

Decorative Arts Museum

Palacio Paz

Casa Rosada

Legislatura - Legislative Palace

Open House Buenos Aires 2018


Former National Library
Open House Buenos Aires, the festival of architecture and urban planning of the city of Buenos Aires, will take place this year on Saturday October 27th and Sunday October 28th, 2018. An open house weekend at those buildings that cause admiration and curiosity.  Buenos Aires was the first Latin American city to adopt the Open House concept in 2013. 

Open House offers the opportunity to enter for free and explore those private or public places that are normally closed to the general public, with the help of volunteers who generously give their time to accompany and comment on the tours. This year more than 100 buildings selected for their architectural heritage and cultural value and which usually can not be accessed freely will be open to the public.

Only those who are registered through the Open House website can get access up to 3 selected buildings each day. Registration starts on October 10th, 9 pm BA time, through this link:

https://www.eventbrite.com.ar/o/cohabitar-urbano-17917361684

The spaces are limited. An ID will be requested without exception in order to enter the buildings on the day of the event.

Some of the buildings do not require previous registration, but in order to secure entrance it is recommend to arrive early. There are some additional free activities during the weekend, like bike tours, Open Foto, City Walks, and Open Muro.

For more information visit Open House Buenos Aires website.

AGN -Edificio Presidente Raúl Ricardo Alfonsín. Auditoría General de la nación

Edificio Bencich

French Week in Buenos Aires 2018



The 10th edition of the French Week in Buenos Aires "Vivi Francia 2018" will take place from Saturday September 15th to Sunday September 30th, 2018, organized by the French-Argentine Commerce and Industry Chamber (CCIFA), and sponsored by the French Embassy and the Ministry of Culture of the City of Buenos Aires, with a series of activities to enjoy French culture, art, gastronomy, fashion, music and architecture, free and open to all.

Some of the most outstanding scheduled activities are:

Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th, 10 am to 5 pm 
VISIT TO THE FRENCH EMBASSY:
Joining the celebration of European Heritage Days (Journées Européennes du Patrimoine), the French Embassy in Argentina will open its doors to the public. This will allow visitors to discover the Palace Ortiz Basualdo, home to the French Embassy since 1939, built by French architect Paul Parter in 1912.
Besides the main entrance and the honor staircase, the public will be invited to visit the reception halls in the first floor, which make the Palace Ortiz Basualdo a significant example of the French influence in the Argentine architecture.



Accessing the second floor, visitors will admire the main dining room, the music room in a Louis XV style with Chinese decoration, the ball room, its mirrors and its painted boards, as well as the XVI century English style winter garden.
The visit is Free and does not require previous registration. Entrance will be on first come - first served basis (be prepared for long lines). 
The French Embassy is located in Cerrito 1399, Recoleta.

During these two days an authentic French Market will be installed next to the Embassy, on Cerrito & Arroyo, offering typical French specialties, crafts and live French music:

NOTICE: BECAUSE OF THE RAIN FORECAST, THE FRENCH MARKET WILL ONLY BE HELD ON SUNDAY 16th

Sunday 16th, 10 am to 6 pm
FRENCH MARKET "LE MARCHE":
Visitors will have the chance to taste and purchase French bakeries and different specialties of the French cuisine, such as boeuf bourguignon, blanquette de veau, croque-monsieur, crêpes, soupe à l’oignon, cheese, as well as pastries, tarte aux pommes, financiers, macarons, chocolate, viennoiseries, pithiviers, gateau au chocolat, and much more, in over 20 gastronomic stalls.
Cerrito & Arroyo
(The market will be suspended in case of rain)


GUIDED TOURS TO EMBLEMATIC FRENCH BUILDINGS:
Palacio San Martin
Palacio Errazuriz (Decorative Arts Museum)
Palacio Paz
Centro Naval
Palacio de Aguas Corrientes (Water Palace)
Museo de Arte de Tigre


VISITS ORGANIZED BY THE CITY OF BUENOS AIRES:
Some are free and others for a fee, all are in Spanish and require previous registration through this link.

GOURMET ROUTE AND GOURMET ACTIVITIES:
Several French restaurants in the city will offer special menus at promotional prices during the week.
Visits to bakeries, cooking lessons and tastings. 

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES:
The Festival will also feature a movie festival, art exhibitions, concerts, theater shows, French lessons, activities for kids, special visits, conferences, and more. All the activities are open to the general public, most with free entrance but some of them with a limited capacity and admittance charge. 

For more information and complete day by day schedules, visit the official website: Viví Francia (in Spanish only).

National Day of the Historical Monuments 2018


Cabildo de Buenos Aires
The National Day of the Historical Monuments 2018 will  be celebrated on Saturday May 12th and Sunday May 13th in many cities around the country. During the weekend hundreds of National Monuments and other historical buildings will be open with free entrance to all the public.

The activities in the city of Buenos Aires include guided visits and special activities at so visitors can learn about the history, architecture, and patrimonial value of these historical sites.

Some of the activities require previous registration by phone or online. For information on sites to visit in the city of Buenos Aires and online registrations, go to:

https://monumentos.cultura.gob.ar/ciudad-autonoma-de-buenos-aires/

For more information on activities in other cities across the country:

https://monumentos.cultura.gob.ar/dia-nacional-de-los-monumentos/

(All information available in Spanish only)

Chacarita Cemetery

Decorative Arts Museum

Galeria Guemes

Palacio Paz

Casa Rosada

Legislatura - Legislative Palace