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Buenos Aires — By Pablo Juan Augustinowicz on June 17, 2010 at 8:00 pm
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A Picturesque Church in the Heart of San Telmo


You will find that Buenos Aires is full of architectural jems, specially if you are walking around the oldest parts of town, such as the picturesque and bohemian barrio de San Telmo.

If you happen to go to the Saturday or Sunday antiques fair on Plaza Dorrego (map), be sure to wander the side streets around the square. From the Plaza Dorrego you will no doubt recognize the towers of the beautiful Iglesia de Nuestra Señora de Belén (Our Lady of Belén) (map). A group of Jesuits designed the church and kicked off the building in 1734. That makes it one of the oldest churches in the city.

The interior needs a lot of renovation, but the exterior is a riot of architectural beauty. The facade is done in a number of different styles, mainly Neo Colonial and Baroque. There is also an interesting memorial on the exterior facade in remembrance of the outbreak of yellow fever back in the 1870´s. This was the reason why the rich people of San Telmo fled and established the newer barrios of Belgrano and Martinez, north of the city center.

It is very hard to get a decent picture of the church because the street is of the normal narrow, cobbled San Telmo ilk, and there are large trees getting in on the act. Still, it is worth a visit, no doubt.

Photo credit: fortes on Flickr

Related places:
  1. A
    Plaza Dorrego
    Defensa 1098, Ciudad AutĂłnoma de Buenos Aires, , Argentina
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  2. B
    Iglisia Nuestra Se?ora de Bel?n
    Humberto Primero 340, 1103, Buenos Aeres, Argentine
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  3. C
    San Pedro Telmo Antiques Fair
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