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May Square
Buenos Aires and surrounding
Monuments, Sculptures,  Squares, Parks, Gardens
Monuments, Sculptures, 
Squares, Parks, Gardens

May Square (Plaza de Mayo) is the central square of Buenos Aires and the heart of the city.
Why is it remarkable for Argentines residents and tourists?
1) It is the place where Buenos Aires began.
2) It was the site of the May Revolution, which led to the overthrow of Spanish power, and gave the name to the main city square.
3) Later, the independence of the country was announced here.
4) And a few decades later, with the solemn ceremony the Argentine Constitution was adopted here.
5) Within just 80 years, May Square was the main witness to the most important political events in the country.

The heart of Buenos Aires «started beating» in the distant year of 1580. Since then, the square has been actively changing.
For example, the first patriotic monument in Argentina, the May Pyramid, appeared on its territory in 1811. Its construction was timed to coincide with the celebration of the first anniversary of the revolution. Soon after the May Pyramid, four statues representing America, Europe, Asia, and Africa appeared on the square. And about half a century later, a statue of a woman was erected – it became a symbol of the country.

After the Constitution was adopted, four more Gothic pyramids decorated with flowers and symbolic inscriptions were added to the square.
Another decoration of the square is the Horse Monument to General Manuel Belgrano, an Argentine politician, economist, and lawyer of the 18th and 19th centuries. The figure of the hero was designed by French sculptor Albert-Ernest Carrier-Belleuse, and the figure of a horse was designed by Manuel de Santa Coloma. It was the first sculpture created by an Argentinean. The monument was unveiled in 1873, and until 1886, it was in the center of the square. Now the sculpture is located in front of the government building.

The surroundings of May Square were also being actively expanded and built up. Today it is surrounded by the Casa Rosada or Pink House – the residence of the Argentine President, the buildings of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, the Federal Administration of Public Revenue, the Central Bank of the Argentine Republic, and the Municipality of Buenos Aires, the headquarters of the special services, the Cathedral and the City Hall. Nearby are the Park Colón, the La Prensa House of Culture, and the old Catholic churches.

Address: May Square

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