Plaza San Martin, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2012

Plaza San Martin is one of the oldest squares in Buenos Aires. As mentioned in previous version of this plaza from 2009 it was established as a location for residences of Spanish governors long before it was sold to British South Sea company in 1713.

It changed hands after revolution of 1810 and general Jose de San Martin located military barracks here. It was also used for demonstration of military power. In 1883 numerous buildings were demolished and the whole place converted to plaza.

Surrounding area become preferable for wealthiest Argentinians and numerous architecturally significant mansions are facing the open space.

There was an interesting story we were told. On both sides of square wealthy families were competing to built more glamorous mansion than the other. One was very committed to built their "castle" with the best view to the church across the square. Then the other family bought peace of land between the house and the church and in 1937 built the highest building in South America taking care to completely block the view to the church for the other family. [see last photo bellow].

Plaza Canada is visible from the pleasant viewing terrace on the highest point of this square. It starts having that name just behind the "Tower of the English". Very recently after the "War for Malvinas" otherwise called Falkland Islands, renamed to "Monumental Tower"?!

Lower part of the square is hosting another monument, there are several all over buenos aires, to fallen solders during the malvinas war. Plaza with huge 200 years old rubber tree is extremely popular by dog walkers from the area.

Plaza San Martin is also natural conclusion and resting point for the very busy pedestrianized calle Florida just to the south and interesting semi pedestrianized calle Suipacha, with appealing Suipacha Square.

Older version, and different view of this square, from 2009, you ca see here.



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sociability
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ceremonial
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uses & activities
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religious
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access & linkages
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social
comfort
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residential
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image
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court yard
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tourist value
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