A series of photos from Buenos Aires.

Calle Perú between Hipolito Yrigoyen and Avenida de Mayo.
Calle Perú between Hipolito Yrigoyen and Avenida de Mayo.

This is part of Calle Perú, or Peru Street. This part of the city is full of historic buildings and is only one block from Plaza de Mayo. The photograph was taken between Avenida de Mayo and Hipolito Yrigoyen. As you can see, there are lots of street vendors selling hats, incense sticks and dried flowers. As is the case for many streets in BA, the street changes its name as it crosses Rivadavia and becomes Florida Street, one of the most famous shopping streets in the city.

There are lots of famous buildings in this historic street. Below is a photo of the Edificio Otto Wulf, at the intersection of Perú and Belgrano St. It was home to the Banco de la Provincia de Buenos Aires; now it is home to a Starbucks. It has some rather interesting decorative features, including the rather sombre figures ‘supporting’ the building on their shoulders, and close to the roof the large and rather terrifying vultures.

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Between Adolfo Alsina and Moreno, almost an entire block is taken up by the Manzana de las Luces (Manzana means apple, but also city block), which means ‘block of lights’. This was home to the Natural Sciences department of the University of Buenos Aires, which is now located at ciudad universitaria. The department was demolished, and now the space is occupied by a parking lot. In 1966, the department was the site of the violent removal of staff and students who were in opposition to the government, an event known as the ‘Noche de los Bastones Largos’ or ‘the Night of the Long Batons’ for the use of batons by the military. One of the most famous photographs of the removal of the professors and students is shown below.

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