Perfectly grilled steaks, passionate tango and Lionel Messi. These are the things most people think of when they bring Buenos Aires to mind. The city has earned global admiration for its perfection of food, dance and design. However, there’s a lot people don’t know about this famous capital. Here’s our list of 10 things you may not know about Buenos Aires.
1. It’s known as “The Paris of South America.”
It’s easy to see how Buenos Aires got this nickname. The city exudes European style with its well-preserved architecture, refined restaurants and outdoor cafés.
2. The President of Argentina works in a pink mansion.
Its millennial pink facade, palace-like design have made La Casa Rosada one of the most iconic buildings in Argentina.
3. It has more bookstores per capita than any other city.
Buenos Aires has 25 bookstores for every 1,000,000 people. Our favorite is El Ateneo, which is housed in a converted theater where tango legends once performed.
4. It is home to the largest Japanese garden outside of Japan.
In 1967, the Japanese Embassy of Buenos Aires created the gardens to honor Akihito and Michiko, the emperor and empress of Japan at the time.
5. Pope Francis once worked in the city as a nightclub bouncer.
We didn’t believe this one either, but we looked it up and it’s true. Jorge Mario Bergoglio, as he was know then, held a few different odd jobs before following his calling to become a priest.
6. An Argentine artist once tried to create a universal language.
Artist Xul Solar envisioned a world where everybody could speak to each other. He tried twice to invent a universal language. Solar created “Pan-Lengua” and “Neo-Criollo.” His artwork, including a chess game written in “Pan-Lengua,” is on display at the Xul Solar Museum in Buenos Aires.
7. It has the widest street in the world.
9 de Julio Avenue is the Champs Elysees of Buenos Aires. Named after Argentina’s Independence day, the avenue is nearly 1,000 feet wide. It has seven lanes in each direction and is flanked on either side by parallel streets of two lanes each.
8. It’s surprisingly easy to navigate.
Don’t let the last fact freak you out. Just like NYC, Buenos Aires is organized like a grid which means you don’t have to stress if you don’t have your GPS.
9. You can find one of the narrowest houses in the world there.
Located in the San Telmo district of Buenos Aires is La Casa Mínima. At its widest point, it’s only 8.2 feet wide. It was originally over 50 feet wide, but portions of the house were divided up and sold off over time.
10. The city is home to one of the most important opera houses in the world.
National Geographic ranked Teatro Colón as the third best opera house in the world. Some of the most renowned conductors, singers and dancers have performed there includingIgor Stravinsky, Herbert von Karajan, Daniel Barenboim, Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti, Plácido Domingo. Despite being over 100 years old, the building is known for its perfect acoustic design.
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