In the downtown area, the Colon Theater which showcases opera and ballet, is one of the most famous lyrical theaters in the world.
The Basilica of the Holy Sacrament, popular for weddings, is an elaborate church built in the early 1900's.
The city's oldest church, The Cathedral of the Saint Ignacio, was started in 1710. This is where we began our tour of the San Telmo district which was once the most fashionable residential district of Buenos Aires. The residents left their homes at the end of the 19th century because of a yellow fever epidemic. The mansions were turned into tenements for immigrants.
the Block of Enlightenment which was the intellectual center of the city in the 17th and 18th centuries and today contains an antique shop,
the Basilica of the Holy Rosary built in the mid 18th century with it's mausoleum of the national hero, Manuel Belgian,
the original National Library with it's beautiful architecture and stained glass; now a center for the National Ballet,
and antique shops galore.
After a much needed rest in the plaza, we continued our tour. We wanted to see the beautiful church down the street. Across from the church, kids were just getting out of school. Some of the children were intrigued by something in the church yard. It turned out to be a toad.
We briefly explored the heavily guarded National Historical Museum and then made our way to Parque Lazama which looked as neglected as the rest of the neighborhood.
The Cannon Mattress sign, the Swiss Family Robinson type railing and the view of the Russian Orthodox church huddled in the midst of modern buildings caught our attention.
Worried about spending much more time in the neighborhood, we hurried on our way. We walked to the Puerta Madero where we encountered young men experiencing some kind of initiation. Other youth were dousing them with food. What a mess! The main attractions at the port include the Fragata Sarmiento and the Bridge of Women in the photo on the right. The bridge was designed by a Spaniard and is supposedly an abstraction of a couple dancing. The boat, now a museum, is a former naval ship that sailed around the world 40 times between 1899 and 1938 before serving as a training school for Argentina's navy.
We decided to attend the tango show that we had been invited to earlier in the day. The tickets were much more affordable than those for the more popular shows. Although, we were a little nervous about that, we decided it would be worth the adventure. When we arrived at the theater that evening, we were not surprised to find the place in a sad state of repair or that the meal we received was terrible.
We loved the show, however. It was amazing to watch those tango moves up close and personal. On the taxi ride back to the hotel, we finally got to see the famous Obelisco.