Parque Lezama

Park in San Telmo

Scruffy Parque Lezama was once thought to be the site of Buenos Aires’ founding in 1536, but archaeological teams have refuted the hypothesis. Today’s green park hosts old chess-playing gentlemen, bookworms toting mate (traditional Argentine tea) gourds and teenagers kissing on park benches.

Don’t miss the striking late-19th-century Iglesia Ortodoxa Rusa on the north side of the park; it's the work of architect Alejandro Christophersen and was built from materials shipped over from St Petersburg.