Plaza de Mayo: Buenos Aires’ Beating Heart
· Learn to appreciate the Plaza de Mayo: a place of government and protest
· Step below the Casa Rosada to walk around historic exhibits in the Museo del Bicentenario
The Plaza de Mayo has been the hub of Argentina’s national life since its foundation, which actually occurred next door in the Cabildo. Walk around this historic space with a private guide who will show the human side of Argentina’s national story.
Starting by the Cabildo, you will learn about the history of the square, which was set up by the Spanish to be the centre of their new colony. Telling the story of how Buenos Aires developed during the Spanish Empire, when the building was the seat of local government, your own personal guide will take you back in time to the May Revolution where Argentina achieved its independence.
Walking around the square, your guide will point out important buildings that have all played a part in Argentina’s development. Discussing topics ranging from its tumultuous financial history and the state terror between 1976 and 1983, you will learn how each building has its own story. There will also be poignant reminders of the squares role as a centre for dissent, from Peronist demonstrations to the maternal anger of the Madres de Plaza de Mayo.
Pink Office of Presidents
Overlooking the plaza, at the far end from the Cabildo, stands the Casa Rosada. The executive presidential mansion it has actually only ever been lived in by one president. Despite only holding the Presidents’ offices, the pink-painted building retains a distinctive role as a symbol of Argentina. Standing on the ruins of the old colonial fort, your expert guide shall take you below ground into its catacombs. Now occupied by the Museo del Bicentenario, each exhibit tells a story, whether of presidential extravagance or the lives of Spanish soldiers hundreds of years ago.