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Cabildo

See artifacts from Argentina´s May Revolution, browse the stands of an artisan market and admire the colonial architecture of this significant building, Buenos Aires’ first city hall.

Buenos Aires’ whitewashed Cabildo is one of the city’s most important government buildings. It is the original city hall, where the colonial administrative council once met and where vital meetings associated with Argentina’s declaration of independence from Spain took place. Visit today to admire the building’s colonial architecture and discover artifacts related to Argentina’s May Revolution of 1810. 

The history of the building is traceable to 1608. The original building was considerably wider, but partly demolished to create space for the construction of two streets. In 1940, local architect Mario Buschiazzo used original plans to restore colonial aspects such as the tower, doors and windows. Architecture enthusiasts will appreciate the two colonnaded levels topped by a central bell tower.

Visitors to the Cabildo can access the main balcony. From this vantage point, enjoy excellent views across Plaza de Mayo, Buenos Aires’ main square, and to the Casa Rosada government offices. Inside, the National Museum of the Cabildo and the May Revolution is a tribute to the building’s history and events relating to Argentina’s declaration of independence. Find displays of paintings and furniture, official documents, clothing and jewelry from the 17th to 20th centuries. 

Take time out in the building’s courtyard patio, shaded by jacaranda trees that sprout pretty violet flowers in spring. Check out the ornamental water well, which dates back to 1835. Look through the viewing chamber to see underground passageways built by Jesuits. 

Visit the patio on Thursday or Friday to browse an arts and crafts market, where local vendors showcase their handicrafts and contemporary designs. The market regularly hosts free live music events too. The patio has a café, serving snacks and refreshments, which is open daily.

Bordering the west side of Plaza de Mayo, the Cabildo is a short walk from Buenos Aires’ city center. Public transportation, such as the bus and metro, will bring you close to the building's main entrance.

The Cabildo and museum are open to visitors from Wednesday through Sunday and on select public holidays. There is no admission fee. 


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NH City Buenos Aires ¥9,023
NH City Buenos Aires

NH City Buenos Aires

Bolivar 160, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in El Centro, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Casa Rosada and Cafe Tortoni. Centro Cultural Kirchner and Women's Bridge are also within 15 minutes. Bolivar Station is only a 2-minute walk and Cathedral Station is 2 minutes.

    562 Nogaro Buenos Aires ¥6,547
    562 Nogaro Buenos Aires

    562 Nogaro Buenos Aires

    562 Julio A Roca Avenue, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in El Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Florida Street and Casa Rosada. Cafe Tortoni and Obelisco are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bolivar Station is only a 2-minute walk and Cathedral Station is 3 minutes.

      Gran Hotel Argentino ¥3,605
      Gran Hotel Argentino

      Gran Hotel Argentino

      Carlos Pellegrini 37, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in El Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Florida Street and Obelisco. Teatro Colon and Casa Rosada are also within 15 minutes. Mayo Avenue Station is only a 2-minute walk and Piedras Station is 3 minutes.

        NH Collection Buenos Aires Centro Histórico ¥9,501
        NH Collection Buenos Aires Centro Histórico

        NH Collection Buenos Aires Centro Histórico

        Bolivar, 120, Buenos Aires
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in El Centro, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Casa Rosada and Cafe Tortoni. Centro Cultural Kirchner and Women's Bridge are also within 15 minutes. Bolivar Station is only a 2-minute walk and Cathedral Station is 3 minutes.

          Apartment located in the Historic District, in front of Plaza de Mayo
          Apartment located in the Historic District, in front of Plaza de Mayo

          Apartment located in the Historic District, in front of Plaza de Mayo

          Hipolito Yrigoyen 434, 1D, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in El Centro, this apartment building is steps from Cabildo, Plaza de Mayo, and Casa Rosada. Florida Street and Luna Park are also within 15 minutes. Bolivar Station and Plaza de Mayo Station are within a 2-minute walk.

            Uthgra de las Luces
            Uthgra de las Luces

            Uthgra de las Luces

            Alsina 525, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in El Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Cabildo, Plaza de Mayo, and Florida Street. Obelisco and Teatro Colon are also within 1 mi (2 km). Bolivar Station and Cathedral Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Hotel Avenida
              Hotel Avenida

              Hotel Avenida

              Avenida de Mayo 623, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in El Centro, this hotel is steps from Cabildo and Florida Street. Plaza de Mayo and Casa Rosada are also within 10 minutes. Peru Station is only a 2-minute walk and Bolivar Station is 3 minutes.

                Che Telmo Guest House
                Che Telmo Guest House

                Che Telmo Guest House

                Adolfo Alsina,, Buenos Aires, BUE
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in El Centro, this hotel is steps from Cabildo and Plaza de Mayo. Casa Rosada and Florida Street are also within 5 minutes. Bolivar Station and Plaza de Mayo Station are within a 5-minute walk.