The Spanish Renaissance Edificio Menéndez-Behety building was once headquarters of a Patagonian wool empire.
Plaza de Mayo
Planted between the Casa Rosada, the Cabildo and the city’s main cathedral, grassy Plaza de Mayo is BA’s ground zero for the city’s most...
Casa de la Cultura
Near the Edificio Menéndez-Behety is the French-style Casa de la Cultura, the original La Prensa newspaper building; it’s worth a peek...
This classy and historic cafe has been serving java enthusiasts for over 50 years, and claims to have been the spot where Julio Cortázar...
Catedral Metropolitana information
This solemn cathedral was built on the site of the original colonial church and not finished until 1827. It’s a significant religious and architectural landmark, and carved above its triangular facade and neoclassical columns are bas-reliefs of Jacob and Joseph. The spacious interior is equally impressive, with baroque details and an elegant rococo altar. There’s a small museum dedicated to the cathedral’s history inside. For Pope Francis souvenirs, visit the small gift shop near the entrance.
The cathedral is also a national historical site that contains the tomb of General José de San Martín, Argentina’s most revered hero. In the chaos following independence, San Martín chose exile in France, never returning alive to Argentina (although in 1829 a boat on which he traveled sighted Buenos Aires on its way to Montevideo). Outside the cathedral you’ll see a flame keeping his spirit alive.