Historical Must-Sees in Buenos Aires (That Aren’t Boring!)

Katelyn Lundquist is a student at the University of Findlay, and an ISA Photo Blogger. She is currently studying abroad with ISA in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Studying abroad is such a great opportunity to experience a new country and all it has to offer.  Whether you’re staying in Buenos Aires for one month or six, I highly recommend visiting these major historical sights on a day off.  There is so much to learn and so much to see!

  1. MALBA
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MALBA, it’s free on Wednesdays!

Buenos Aires is filled with so much art that one could not possibly see all of it during just one visit. Displaying various collections of modern art with special exhibitions each day, the Museo de Arte Latinoamericana de Buenos Aires is truly a window to Latin American artistry and definitely worth a visit.

2. Museo Evita

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It looks like a regular house on the outside, but don’t be fooled.

The entrance to this museum is actually quite ordinary and may suggest the same for what lies inside, but behind the great iron doors awaits a touching journey through the history of an extraordinary woman.  Love her or hate her, Eva Perón is definitely worth learning about. Evita was a major game changer during the late 1940’s and early 1950’s in Buenos Aires. She was not only the First Lady of President Juan Perón, but also a rising figure in women’s suffrage and labor rights in the eyes of thousands of women across the country.

3. Basílica de Luján

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You’ll find yourself staring up at this beautiful church for a good 10-15 minutes minimum.

The Basílica Nacional de Nuestro Señora de Luján is magnificent to say the least!  This Gothic-style cathedral is set in the heart of Luján, the City of Faith, and is a religious mecca well known to most Argentinians.  While touring this architectural masterpiece, visitors can also stop at any of the street vendors in the main square or grab a coffee or a bite to eat in one of the many cafés nearby.

4. Cemetery of Recoleta

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Our ISA group toured during the day, but I bet it would look totally different at night.

The Cemetery of Recoleta dates back to the year 1800 and is the most stunning cemetery I’ve ever seen. Grandiose marble mausoleums are dedicated to families of only the most influential and aristocratic in Argentina, including Eva Perón.  Most start with an inscribed name plate displayed near the door followed by a detailed interior decorated with various articles including tapestries, wine glasses, special plates, and pictures of the Pope.  Some even have additional steep dark staircases inside leading to more bodies… Just kidding! However, some do have actual staircases underground that are probably used for maintenance purposes… or for storing more bodies.

5. La Casa Rosada

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It’s actually pink!

La Casa Rosada is where the president lives and is appropriately named because it’s entirely pink (you won’t miss it, I promise!).  The house is located near the historic Plaza de Mayo and is basically the ‘White House’ of Argentina.  It even has an ‘Oval Office’ experience where visitors can sit in the president’s own chair to feel the power!

The world awaits…discover it.


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