Recoleta is a residential neighborhood in Buenos Aires city, Argentina; it is a great architectonical and historical interest place, especially because it includes Recoleta Cemetery, a significant tourist and cultural point in the city. It is considered a “luxurious” neighborhood, where the square meter is one of the most expensive ones in the city. Nearby you may use D-line subway.
Together with some areas of the limiting neighborhoods Retiro and Palermo, Recoleta is part of the famous area known as Barrio Norte, traditional living place of the wealthy society, focusing most of the cultural life in the city.
Recoleta owes its name to Recollects Fathers’ Convent, members of the Franciscan order who settled in the area in the early XVIII’s century, founding a convent and a church under the name of “Nuestra Señora del Pilar” and next to it, the cemetery.
Recoleta Boulevard is almost the geographic center of the neighborhood, and one of the highest areas, therefore at the end of the XIX’s century the place gathered wealthy families from the Southern part of the city, who were escaping from yellow fever epidemic. Since then, it is one of the most elegant and expensive neighborhoods in Buenos Aires, hosting family mansions, embassies and luxury hotels, including Alvear Palace Hotel, the most luxurious hotel in Latin America.
Pilar parish church is the historical key point of the neighborhood and it was finished by 1732; that’s why the neighborhood was sometimes called El Pilar. The church was originally located on the edge of the slopes falling to River Plate and Manso stream. The stream was also called Tercero del Norte; today it is enclosed and flows under current Pueyrredón Avenue. It used to form like a delta, with its arms in the current Austria and Tagle streets, finally ending in the River Plate.
These families (some of them, members of native ruling elites, were considered of special lineage for descending from highlighting celebrities during independence period) built French-style huge buildings and mansions (many of them demolished by the late 50’s or early 60’s). That’s why Buenos Aires is sometimes called “the Paris of America”. Today, some of these buildings coexist with elegant modern constructions.
When Buenos Aires suffered terrible cholera and yellow fever epideEnviado desde mi iPad in the 70’s, population spread out to avoid contagion. So, while popular classes settled down in the South and South-East of the city, the wealthier classes did it in Recoleta, where the landscape height reduced the presence of disease-transmitting insects.
On Vicente López st, between Junín and Uriburu streets, you may find Recoleta Mall and restaurants where people enjoy sitting on their wide sideways to have a coffee or for dinner. In front of the main entrance of the cinema complex there is a beautiful fountain decorating the place which is called Recoleta boulevard.