Attractions

Top Choice Notable Building in Retiro

Palacio Paz

Once the private residence of José C Paz – founder of the newspaper La Prensa – this opulent, French-style palace (1909) is the grandest in BA. Inside its 12,000 sq meters are ornate rooms with marble walls, salons …
Plaza in Retiro

Plaza San Martín

French landscape architect Carlos Thays designed the leafy Plaza San Martín, which is surrounded by some of Buenos Aires’ most impressive public buildings. The park’s most prominent monument is an equestrian statue …
Museum in Retiro

Museo de Arte Hispanoamericano Isaac Fernández Blanco

This museum is in a 1920s mansion in the neocolonial Peruvian style that developed as a reaction against French influences in turn-of-the-19th-century Argentine architecture. Its exceptional collection of colonial a…
Notable Building in Retiro

Palacio San Martín

This impressive art-nouveau mansion (1912) is actually three independent buildings around a courtyard. It was designed by Alejandro Christophersen for the powerful Anchorena family and later became the headquarters …
Museum in Retiro

Museo Nacional Ferroviario

Trainspotters won't want to miss this museum dedicated to the history of Argentina's railway network. The ramshackle exhibits include porcelain from the presidential train, a collection of ornate train toilets and s…
Notable Building in Retiro

Edificio Kavanagh

A feisty Irishwoman funded the construction of this handsome 120m art-deco apartment building, which was the tallest skyscraper in Latin America at the time of its construction in 1936.
Museum in Retiro

Museo de Armas

This maze-like museum exhibits a frighteningly large collection of over 3500 bazookas, grenade launchers, cannons, machine guns, muskets, pistols, armor, lances and swords; even the gas mask for a combat horse is on…
Landmark in Retiro

Torre Monumental

Standing prominently across from Plaza San Martín, this 76m-high clock tower was a donation from the city’s British community in 1916 and built with materials shipped over from England. The tower is only open to the…
Monument in Retiro

Monumento a los Caídos de Malvinas

On the downhill side of Plaza San Martín you’ll see the Monumento a los Caídos de Malvinas, a memorial to the 649 soldiers who died in the Falklands War (1982). The monument faces the Torre Monumental, which until t…
Notable Building in Retiro

Palacio Haedo

On an odd triangular block at the corner of Florida and Santa Fe, the neo-Gothic Palacio Haedo was the mansion of the Haedo family at the turn of the 19th century; it now houses the offices of Argentina’s national p…