Recoleta neighborhood

//Recoleta neighborhood

Recoleta neighborhood

Recoleta is the city’s most elegant and distinguished neighborhood.

The district owes its name to the Convet of the Recoletos Descalzos –“barefoot” misionaries– (founded on 1716), community of the Recoletos Friars. These monks constructed their monastery on an already existing small farm, which name had been given after the abundance of a particular kind of tree in that zone: “the Ombúes” (This small farm was located within the land map distributed by Don Juan de Garay in 1583).

Due to its French-like constructions, urban design, history and restaurants, Recoleta has become a must-see for visitors. On weekends, its wide green spots turn into the meeting point for young people and artists.

Centro Cultural Recoleta (Recoleta cultural centre)

Former cloister of the Recoleto monks, this modern cultural centre keeps its Colonial cloisters and blocks. You can see art and video exhibitions, and get to know the avant-garde tendencies.

Basílica Nuestra Señora del Pilar (Nuestra Señora del Pilar Basilica)

It was built in 1732 by order of the Recoleto priests. It keeps its original aspect thanks to all the restoration works.

Buenos Aires Design

It used to be a retirement home. Nowadays is a modern centre with design and decoration shops, and also a beautiful gastronomic terrace.

Plaza Francia (Francia square)

The real name is President Alvear square, but everyone knows it as Francia square. This green area is ideal for relaxing during the week, and on Saturdays and Sundays it becomes a busy handicrafts fair where you can enjoy outdoor shows of jugglers, acrobats and humor. Many people would lie on the grass to have mate and chat.

Dunja, Maria and Roger with Sandra in Plaza Francia

School of Spanish in Buenos Aires – Dunja, Maria and Roger with Sandra in Plaza Francia

Dunja, Maria and Roger with Sandra in Buenos Aires Design

School of Spanish in Buenos Aires – Dunja, Maria and Roger with Sandra in Buenos Aires Design

Exhibition in Recoleta cultural centre

School of Spanish in Buenos Aires – Exhibition in Recoleta cultural centre

Nuestra Señora del Pilar Basilica

School of Spanish in Buenos Aires – Nuestra Señora del Pilar Basilica

Nuestra Señora del Pilar Basilica

School of Spanish in Buenos Aires – Nuestra Señora del Pilar Basilica

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