The Retiro Neighborhood, Buenos Aires

The Retiro Neighborhood is one of most exclusive neighborhoods of Buenos Aires but, originally, the area was a country retreat (retiro) for Spanish governor Augustín de Robles.    San Martín Plaza, which I described previously, is in the Retiro Neighborhood.  Near the Plaza stands Palacio San Martín, built for Mercedes Castellanos de Anchorena and completed in 1909.   Palacio San Martín is currently used for ceremonial purposes by the Ministry of Foreign Relations.  Basílica Santísimo Sacramento, also nearby, was built by the Anchorena family in 1916.  The last apartment occupied by Argentine writer and poet Jorge Luis Borges is here in Retiro, with a plaque commemorating him prominently displayed on the wall of the building.  After exploring the Retiro Neighborhood, I stopped in a beautiful old church, the name of which I didn’t record.  Nonetheless, the interior of this charming neighborhood church is a vivid memory for me.

Palacio San Martín 

Palacio San Martín

SOURCE:  Palacio San Martín (Buenos Aires, Argentina), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 02 Jan 2011.

 Basílica Santísimo Sacramento

Basílica Santísimo Sacramento

SOURCE:  Basílica Santísimo Sacramento (Buenos Aires, Argentina), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 02 Jan 2011.

 Plaque Honoring Jorge Luis Borges

Plaque Honoring Jorge Luis Borges

SOURCE:  Plaque Honoring Jorge Luis Borges (Buenos Aires, Argentina), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 02 Jan 2011.

Neighborhood Church in Buenos Aires

Neighborhood Church in Buenos Aires

SOURCE:  Neighborhood Church in Buenos Aires (Buenos Aires, Argentina), photographed by Stephen J. Danko on 02 Jan 2011.

Copyright © 2011 by Stephen J. Danko

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