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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. 

Popular Activities at Cabildo

Get the most out of your time at Cabildo. Here is a list of some of the top things to do:

Private Full-Day City Tour is just one of the best activities available here.

Peruse our Buenos Aires things to do page to find many more activities while you're in the area.


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Savoy Hotel ¥9,485
Savoy Hotel

Savoy Hotel

Av. Callao 181, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palace of the Argentine National Congress, Obelisco, and Teatro Colon. Florida Street and Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km). Congress Station and Callao Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Hilton Buenos Aires ¥16,112
    Hilton Buenos Aires

    Hilton Buenos Aires

    Av Macacha Guemes 351, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
       
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Puerto Madero, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Women's Bridge, Presidente Sarmiento Frigate Ship Museum, and Centro Cultural Kirchner. Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat and Casa Rosada are also within 15 minutes. Buenos Aires Corrientes Station is 7 minutes by foot and Leandro N Alem Station is 11 minutes.

      NH City Buenos Aires ¥6,665
      NH City Buenos Aires

      NH City Buenos Aires

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

        Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Cabildo, Plaza de Mayo, and Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral. Casa Rosada and Florida Street are also within 5 minutes. Bolivar Station is only a 2-minute walk and Cathedral Station is 2 minutes.

        Claridge Hotel ¥5,835
        Claridge Hotel

        Claridge Hotel

        Tucuman 535, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this romantic hotel is steps from Florida Street and Galerias Pacifico. Teatro Colon and Luna Park are also within 10 minutes. Florida Station and Lavalle Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Unique Art Madero ¥3,268
          Unique Art Madero

          Unique Art Madero

          Chile 80, Puerto Madero, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Puerto Madero, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Presidente Sarmiento Frigate Ship Museum, Plaza Dorrego, and Women's Bridge. Casa Rosada and Cafe Tortoni are also within 1 mi (2 km). Buenos Aires Independencia Station is only a 3-minute walk and Buenos Aires Belgrano Station is 7 minutes.

            Exe Hotel Colón ¥4,093
            Exe Hotel Colón

            Exe Hotel Colón

            Carlos Pellegrini 507 Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is steps from Obelisco and Teatro Colon. Florida Street and Palacio de Justicia are also within 10 minutes. C. Pellegrini Station is only a 2-minute walk and July 9 Station is 3 minutes.

              Unique Palacio San Telmo ¥3,268
              Unique Palacio San Telmo

              Unique Palacio San Telmo

              Moreno 606, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Casa Rosada and Cafe Tortoni. Presidente Sarmiento Frigate Ship Museum and San Telmo Market are also within 15 minutes. Belgrano Station and Bolivar Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Tango de Mayo Hotel ¥9,074
                Tango de Mayo Hotel

                Tango de Mayo Hotel

                Av. de Mayo 1396 , Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this boutique hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palace of the Argentine National Congress, Obelisco, and Casa Rosada. Saenz Pena Station is only a 2-minute walk and Lima Station is 4 minutes.