Monserrat

Argentine history, architectural history, and events that will make history coalesce in Buenos Aires' beginnings.

As the center of Buenos Aires' beginnings, Monserrat commands special attention. This historical neighborhood's crowds and sounds contrast the delicately chiseled columns, eaves, and towers of its government buildings. As Plaza de Mayo fills with city officials, camera-laden travelers, street vendors, and political activists, Monserrat's cobblestone side streets quietly slink away from the noise. Incessant and rapturous, Monserrat's energy makes the same promise to Argentinians that Eva Perón did: "The truth is I shall not leave you."

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On the Map

Monserrat is bordered by San Telmo, Constitución, San Cristóbal, San Nicolás, Balvanera, and Puerto Madero

Ezeiza International Airport (EZE): 35 minutes by cab without traffic
Retiro Station: 20 minutes by cab or 18 minutes by public transit
Plaza Italia: 20 minutes by cab or 30 minutes by public transit
Plaza de Mayo: 5 minutes by cab or 7 minutes by public transit

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Possible

The Center of Buenos Aires' History and Culture

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As one of Buenos Aires' oldest neighborhoods, Monserrat balances its historic past with an au courant ambiance.

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Ornate government buildings overlook wide plazas and monument staircases become sidewalk lunch seats.

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Character permeates every corner of Monserrat.

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Locals make it easier to understand each enclave by assigning them their own names.

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Sobrenombres for Monserrat's favorite public spaces include Plaza de Mayo, Plaza del Congreso, and El Centro.

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The neighborhood's European feel is in the details.

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Sidewalk espressos, painted shutters, and wrought iron balconies lend Monserrat its easy charisma.

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As the business day ends in Buenos Aires' city center, walkers, workers, and relaxers settle into barstools for happy hour specials.

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When the hour's up, it's easy to commute home via one of Monserrat's Subte stations.

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Monserrat's Main Plaza: Politics at Plaza de Mayo

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Plaza de Mayo sets the stage for public expression.

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The plaza has long been Argentina's epicenter for political protests, public marches, and citizen-organized gatherings.

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Several bureaucratic buildings encircle Plaza de Mayo, and Casa Rosada's perfect blush enhances every photo.

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From the foot traffic of commuting professionals to the front lines of picketers, the plaza brims with activity.

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Plaza de Mayo is more than a place of dissidence. It's also a place of remembrance.

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Argentina honors its sacrifices for La Guerra de las Malvinas in Plaza de Mayo.

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Buenos Aires built The May Pyramid in 1811 to commemorate the one year anniversary of the nation's independence decree.

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Monserrat's Second Plaza: Plaza del Congreso

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Follow Avenida de Mayo west and you'll arrive at Monserrat's second beloved public square, Plaza del Congreso.

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The plaza's counterpart, Palacio del Congreso, attracts Art Nouveau lovers and idle afternoon admirers.

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The Look of BA's Centuries-Old Neighborhood

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History lives between Monserrat's cobblestoned side streets.

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Faithfully preserved, most of the neighborhood's structures measure their years by the century.

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The Convent of Santo Domingo surrounds the tomb of Argentine founding father, Manuel Belgrano.

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Monserrat gracefully ages.

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With time, the neighborhood only becomes more elegant.

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From famous Tango clubs to couture cuisine, Monserrat manages to remain relevant.

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Its amiability translates to all ages.

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Working professionals, studying academics, and bohemian thinkers and makers infuse the neighborhood with effervescent youth.

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Not a wrinkle in sight.

Back to the Start: The Beginnings of Buenos Aires

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Buenos Aires began stone by stone in the heart of what became Monserrat.

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Manzana de las Luces, or the Illuminated Block, was constructed during the 1600s by Jesuit missionaries.

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New generations preserve centuries-old Argentinian traditions through impeccable handiworks.

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Monserrat makes it clear.

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There was beauty from the beginning.

Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Erika Rojas

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Erika Rojas studied Documentary Photography in Venezuela. She lived in New York City for 12 years where she focused and developed her career in Lifestyle, Still Life and Food Photography. She is currently living and working in Buenos Aires, Argentina.