Sunday, October 2, 2011

Buenos Aires - Argentina

Julio contacted me via FB because he wanted to trade cards with me. So far i've received these two from Buenos Aires.

The Teatro Colón (Spanish) (Columbus Theatre) is the main opera house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, acousticly considered to be amongst the five best concert venues in the world.

The present Colón replaced an original theatre which opened in 1857. Towards the end of the century it became clear that a new theatre was needed and, after a 20-year process, the present theatre opened on May 25, 1908, with Giuseppe Verdi's Aïda.

The Teatro Colón was visited by the foremost singers and opera companies of the time, who would sometimes go on to other cities including Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.

After this period of huge international success, the theatre's decline became clear and plans were made for massive renovations. After an initial start of works to restore the landmark in 2005, the theatre was closed for refurbishment from October 2006 to May 2010. It re-opened on May 24, 2010, with a program for the 2010 season. - in: wikipedia

Up to the year 1821, the Cabildo - opposite Mayo Square - was the seat of the city's government and law courts. The original building was demolished in the 18th century, the new one being finished in 1751 following the design of the Juesuit Father Andrés Blanqui. Between the years 1812 and 1931 the building underwent numerous transformations. Finally, in 1940, the architect Mario Buschiazzo did some refurbishings that returned the Cabildo to its original colonial appearence, the one that the building shows now.

The 1st Argentine government (Primera Junta) held its sessions there. Nowadays the cabildo building hosts the National Museums and Monuments Board and the May Revolution Museum.

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