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Plaza de Mayo

Spot historical architecture, witness celebrations and demonstrations, watch interesting people and enjoy free music events at Buenos Aires’ most important square.

Surrounded by historical monuments and the site of political demonstrations and national celebrations, Plaza de Mayo reflects the interesting history of Buenos Aires and Argentina. It was mapped out in 1580 by Juan de Garay during the foundation of the city. Today the square is widely considered to be the most important in Argentina.

Plaza de Mayo takes its name from the 1810 May Revolution, which saw Buenos Aires declare itself independent from Spain, thus instigating the Argentine War of Independence. Check out the centerpiece, Pirámide de Mayo, an obelisk erected in 1811 to honor the first anniversary of independence.

Dominating the square’s east side is the pink 19th-century government house, Casa Rosada. Look for arcaded balconies from where political leaders such as Juan and Eva Perón have addressed the nation. Free guided tours of the building are available on weekends and there’s a small museum with displays of political artifacts, open Wednesday through Sunday. Standing in front of the house is an equestrian statue of General Manuel Belgrano, a significant military leader and the creator of the Argentine flag.

Other notable buildings surrounding the square include the Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral and the impressive Banco de la Nación building, constructed by revered local architect Alejandro Bustillo. Visit the whitewashed Cabildo (Old City Hall), which has a small museum and hosts an artisan market on Thursdays and Fridays.

One of the most poignant aspects of the square is a weekly vigil held by the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo. Every Thursday afternoon since 1977, women wearing white headscarves have come to demonstrate against the disappearance of their children during Argentina’s dictatorship years.

Free live music events are common at Plaza de Mayo and contribute to the celebration of important dates in Argentine history. Most notable are May Revolution Day on May 25 and Independence Day on July 9. You’ll find plenty of benches to sit on, while pondering past events and watching modern city life pass by.

Situated in the Montserrat neighborhood, Plaza de Mayo is a short walk from Buenos Aires’ city center. The square is easily accessible by public buses and the metro.

Popular Activities at Plaza de Mayo

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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.