Plaza de Mayo

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Plaza de Mayo
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The political center of the country, this famous plaza is the location of the well-known balcony of the Casa Rosada from which Eva Peron addressed adoring crowds of workers.
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Neighbourhood: El Centro (Downtown)
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  • Plaza de Mayo • 1 min walk
  • Catedral • 3 min walk
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Oslo, Norway681 contributions
Apr 2022 • Couples
Nice place, but you do not need a lot of time to finish up this attraction. A few pictures and a small straw around the plaza.
Written 21 April 2022
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Fabiano F
Sao Jose Dos Campos, SP220 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
The pink house is in this area, also the first agency of the Bank of Nation, a huge Argentinian flag is in the middle of the plaza and there are some monuments to take great pics!
Written 8 December 2020
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Fond du Lac, WI2,338 contributions
Jan 2020
Plaza de Mayo is an historic plaza surrounded by the Casa Rosada, Cathedral, City Hall and other historical buildings. This is where Argentines gather to protest or celebrate. At the center of the plaza is an obelisk built to mark the first anniversary of independence from Spain. Every Thursday at 3:30PM, you will see the mothers/grandmothers gather and circle around the obelisk, holding photos of their missing children. These children went missing during the military dictatorship of 1976-1983. There are some nice craft and souvenir shops surrounding the plaza.
Written 23 April 2020
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Houston, TX1,216 contributions
Feb 2020
This is the historical epicenter of the city. I see many reviews calling it a tourism epicenter but I honestly saw very little of what I'd consider touristy, not like what I saw in La Boca. But the importance of the square cannot be understood or appreciated without either having a good guide explaining to you the historical significance of the variety of political, social, and historical activities or reading up on the activities yourself before going. Otherwise, a visit to look at the square and surrounding building is sort of boring. As an US citizen one of the most interesting historical learnings for me was about Operation Condor and state-sponsored terrorism by the military dictatorship that ruled Argentina from 1976 until 1983. If you don't learn about anything else, make sure you ask or read about this very important and not well-communicated event in the US. I think the majority of visitors are probably aware of Peronism and Evita but this was a piece of history that was new to me.
Written 10 April 2020
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Wesley C
Tucson, AZ6,752 contributions
Oct 2019
Some of the most important buildings in Argentina's history are located adjacent to Plaza de Mayo -- Casa Rosada (Presidential Palace), Catedral Metropolitano (HQ of the Catholic Church), the Cabildo (HQ of the Spanish viceroy), Palacio de Gobierno (Buenos Aires City Hall), and the Piramide de Mayo (honoring the May 1810 Revolution). Beautiful architecture.
Written 5 April 2020
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Queen J
California2,093 contributions
Mar 2020
The Plaza de Mayo is a must-see open plaza, deeply rooted in historical significance. The plaza was established and named after Argentina's revolution for independence from Spain, which was won in May of 1810. In the center of the plaza, a large Argentine flag flies above the May Pyramid monument to the country's independence. The plaza soon became a focal point for celebrations, holidays, political gatherings, protests, and demonstrations.

On October 17th, 1945, thousands of protesters gathered in the square to demand the release of Juan Domingo Perón, who had been imprisoned by his own party. Peron was released and elected president a year later. He and his wife, Eva "Evita" Duarte Peron, addressed the crowds in the plaza from the balcony of the Casa Rosada.

There are also instances of violent attacks on crowds gathering in the plaza. In "La Masacre de la Plaza de Mayo" (The May Square Massacre), the plaza was bombed by the Argentine Air Force in an attempt to overthrow Perón’s government. Thirty-four planes shot over 9.5 tons of shells on the Casa Rosada and the crowd of Peron supporters rallying in the plaza below, killing around 364 Argentine men, women, and children, and injuring more than 800. Bullet holes can still be seen on the sides of some of the buildings.

Three months later, Peron was overthrown and a military dictatorship ensued. Free thinkers, outspoken intellectuals, journalists, students, labor organizers, and dissenters - true or perceived - were rounded up and sent to the detention and interrogation center (now the ESMA museum), never to return.

The Madres de la Plaza (Mothers of May Square) are the women whose children "disappeared" between 1976-1983 during this "Dirty War". They began marching around the plaza, wearing handkerchiefs with their children’s names embroidered on them, and chanting statements about the immorality of torture without trial and demanding answers about where their children were.

The peaceful - but persistent - demonstrations of the mothers were the first examples of anyone speaking out against the cruel injustices of the regime, and the growing number of mothers and handkerchiefs were a powerful testament to the government's illegal and brutal actions. The mothers were the only proof that the disappeared children existed and would not be forgotten even after the government destroyed all records and evidence of the victims they murdered.

The weekly marches started in 1977 and soon drew international attention and support from human rights groups. The demonstrations have continued every Thursday afternoon to the present day in the hopes of discovering answers about what happened to their loved ones. It is estimated that as many as 30,000 people were "disappeared" without a trace.

The plaza today is not traditional in the sense that it does not have many benches or shade. It is not a park-like setting, but a large, open plaza that is symbolic of the growth of the country and unity of its people. In addition to symbolizing the significant historic events that unfolded there in the past, the plaza today is the epicenter of many historic buildings and sites, and is an ideal place to start your exploration of Buenos Aires.

Easily accessible by multiple metro lines, the plaza is immediately surrounded by the Cathedral Primera (Metropolitana) and the government mansion, La Casa Rosada (open only on Saturdays by appointment), the Cabildo (historic museum), monuments, statues, government buildings, museums, and churches.

A short walk away is the historic business district, the Florida shopping district and galerias, Teatro Colon, and the iconic Obelisk.

Still within a 10 - 20 minute walking distance is the iconic Cafe Tortoni, Manzana de Las Luces cultural historic center, El Zanjon (first settlement), and San Telmo neighborhood.

A 20 minute walk across the Plaza de Armas and the Puente de La Mujer (Bridge) over the Rio Darsena Sur, lies the Puerto Madero waterfront area, and its trendier cousin, the Nuevo Madero malecon (pub / restaurant hot spot).

A short metro ride away is the Palacio Barolo building and the Congress Building.

The Plaza de Mayo is a good place to start to get a sense of the history of Buenos Aires before fanning out to visit the many attractions and historic sites nearby.

Hope that helps! Enjoy Buenos Aires!
Written 5 April 2020
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Chantilly, VA1,226 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Plaza de Mayo is Ground Zero for Buenos Aires tourism.

Many of Argentina’s most memorable events took place in this square: Evita’s speeches from the balcony of Casa Rosada, the Argentine air force bombing and strafing a civilian crowd in 1955, celebrating winning the football World Cup, mothers marching to protest the disappearance of their children.

You can spend a full day just touring things in and around Plaza de Mayo:
—Monumento Ecuestre al General Manuel Belgrano (see my review, “Know before you go”)
—Casa Rosada (see my review, “Prepare to be disappointed”)
—Catedral Metropolitana (see my review, “Approachable cathedral”)
—Mausoleum of General Jose de San Martin (see my review, “Impressive visually and historically”)
—the Cabildo (see my review, “Nice photo opportunities”)

Don’t miss the huge national flag in the plaza. It’s fun to wait for enough wind to make the flag reveal its shining sun emblem!
Written 28 March 2020
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Peter G
Sandhurst, UK627 contributions
Feb 2020
Stopped here on our city tour. Our guide explained all the various histories associated with the Plaza which made it very interesting. It was good to see the Balcony where Eva Peron made her speech. I revisited the Plaza the next day to see more of the sights.
Written 23 March 2020
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Glasgow, UK1,403 contributions
Mar 2020 • Friends
The Plaza de Mayo was one of the stops on our bus tour around Buenos Aires. It is a large open air square with a number of interesting buildings on the periphery. You get an excellent view up one of the streets to the huge obelisk, which makes for a good photograph. You also have the Parliament building which is a striking red colour. Well worth stopping at and having a walk around.
Written 18 March 2020
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462 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
BA’s Plaza de Mayo isn’t like the other plaza de mayors that I’ve been to. Surrounding it are establishments that make the entire place busy during daytime. I would say it would be better to have more trees for shade and some more benches so that people can actually hang around? It’s really hot and sunny during the summer.
Written 15 March 2020
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