This mid-18th-century town hall building houses an interesting museum largely dedicated to the revolution of May 1810, when Argentina declared independence from Spain. Exhibits cover the history of the Cabildo during colonial times (when it was also a prison) through to the British invasions of 1806–07 and independence three years later. There are good views of Plaza de Mayo from the 2nd-floor balcony.

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2. Plaza de Mayo

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8. Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires

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