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Walking in Recoleta: The Architecture Museum, United Nation Square and the Recoletas Cultural Centre

Recoleta is known as the most famous and chic neighbourhoods of Buenos Aires; it is due to the famous cemetery where most of the well-know figures, including the presidents, rest in peace. But it is also home to many museums. We had walked from the Japanese Garden to Recoleta Cemetery. This time we start at the Architecture Museum and walk the opposite direction. The Architecture and Design Museum is a nice rectangular tiny building with brown bricks. Continuing on the right hand side we arrive at the United Nations Square, this square is attractive from the outside as well because of the huge sculpture in the middle of it. The sculpture ‘Floralis Genérica’ looks like a seed about to open; made by the Argentinian architect Eduardo Catalano, it is his gift to the city, a symbol of a new hope that each day offers us. We pass the park and see the Law Faculty of Buenos Aires on our right with stairs and columns at its entrance. As we continue we arrive at MALBA, the museum of Latin America and visit the exhibition Mexico: pioneer and vanguard (detailed story). When we cross the avenue and walk back towards Recoleta we pass in front of a peculiar building that looks like rectangular and a square put on top of it; it is the National Public Library of Buenos Aires; Borges, the Argentinian writer who dreamt of paradise as a library, ironically went blind when he was appointed as the Director of this library. We continue our walk and arrive at the Fine Arts Museum to visit the Miro exhibition (detailed story). And we then reach to the Recoleta Cultural Centre right next to the Recoleta cemetery, a cultural centre with open spaces and various halls, where most of the activities are free to public, one of the things we love about this city. We then go across the square and end our tour at the La Biela Café, the famous and historic café where Borges used to hang out with his friends.