Plaza de Mayo#16 in Best Things To Do in Buenos Aires
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Tourists have flocked to this historic square ever since Argentina declared independence from Spanish colonial rule on May 25, 1810. One major draw is the Casa Rosada (or Pink House) perched at the plaza's eastern tip. Casa Rosada contains Argentina's presidential headquarters. From its lofty balcony, Evita once spoke to swarms of Peronists (members of Buenos Aires' poor labor class). Another feature is the Pirámide de Mayo (May Pyramid), which was erected to commemorate the country's uprising and holds the stature as the city's oldest monument.
Most visitors recommend visiting the plaza to gain insight into Buenos Aires' culture and history, but warn that frequent protests occur here. One TripAdvisor user comments, "The plaza, itself, is always crowded with protesters. There is ALWAYS a protest. "
Plaza de Mayo is sandwiched between upscale neighborhood Monserrat and Puerto Madero in Centro. You can reach Plaza de Maya via subte Line A to Playa de Mayo as well as Line D to Catedral or Line E to Bolívar, which are all within walking distance of the Plaza.
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