Plaza Dorrego

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After Plaza de Mayo, Plaza Dorrego is the city’s oldest plaza. Dating back to the 18th century, it was originally a pit stop for caravans bringing supplies into the city from the Pampas. Now a lively square surrounded by colonial buildings and old-world cafe-bars, it's popular with tourists who come to watch tango dancers and musicians perform (get ready with your spare change when they pass the hat around). It's also the heart of San Telmo’s famous Sunday street market.

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1. Feria de San Telmo

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2. Pasaje de la Defensa

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3. Mercado de San Telmo

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Occupying an entire city block, this striking marketplace was built in 1897 by Juan Antonio Buschiazzo, the Italian-born Argentine architect who designed…

4. Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires

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6. El Zanjón de Granados

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7. Archivo del Ejército

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Built in 1881, this building was where Argentinian money was minted until 1944. It now contains military archives.

8. Facultad de Ingeniería

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