The bright San Telmo neighbourhood

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The bright San Telmo neighbourhood
Source: VISIT BUENOS AIRES
The bright San Telmo neighbourhood
Source: VISIT BUENOS AIRES
September 20, 2022

One of the oldest and most traditional neighborhoods, home to the Historic Center and many tanguerías


San Telmo is one of the oldest and most traditional neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. It is part of the Historic Center of the city and preserves a large part of its architectural heritage. Its cobbled streets, low houses and patios with cisterns suggest a picture frozen in time. It also stands out for its bars, restaurants, tanguerías and, especially, for the wide variety of antique dealers from different fields.

Pedro González Telmo, Patron Saint of Navigators, was a friar of the Dominican order who lived in Spain in the 13th century. There he dedicated himself to preaching the Gospel to the sailors and fishermen of Galicia and Portugal. In the 17th century, the life of the first settlers of the place revolved around port activity and that was the reason why San Pedro González Telmo was chosen patron of this neighborhood that today bears his name.

In the heart of San Telmo is Plaza Dorrego, the oldest in Buenos Aires after the historic Plaza de Mayo. On Sundays, this space is the scene of the most important open-air antiques fair in the city.

Tour San Telmo and learn about the history of the most emblematic neighborhoods of the city.

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