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Barrio Highlight: Belgrano

 

The Buenos Aires upper-middle class neighborhood of Belgrano (the purple zone of the Buenos Aires city map to the left) was named after Manuel Belgrano, the politician and military leader who created the national flag of Argentina. Leafy streets densely lined with luxury apartment buildings comprise the eastern portion of this “barrio” that surrounds the Universidad de Belgrano, one of our Expanish partner universities for study abroad programs. Conversely, calm streets shaded by large, mature trees characterize the western half of Belgrano. These detached family homes, closely resembling Anglo-Saxon architectural styles, with sizeable backyards and swimming pools are popular amongst wealthier Argentines and expatriates.This diverse northern neighborhood of the city is also home to Buenos Aires’ Barrio Chino, or Chinatown, which is lined with restaurants offering a variety of Asian cuisines and specialty grocery stores.

A few blocks north of the Universidad de Belgrano, where our Expanish university students take courses, are the lush parks of Barrancas de Belgrano. Especially lively on weekends is the Manuel Belgrano Plaza that fills with artists and visitors alike, creating a vibrant local fair.

For art aficionados, the Larreta Museum showcases Spanish art, complete with an intricate Andalusian garden.Near by is the Historical Museum Sarmiento, which is located in the Belgrano townhall and contains historical artifacts of Buenos Aires. The Church of the Imaculada Concepcion, with a clear Italian influence, preserves a classic Greek-Roman style and contains many notable pieces of art inside.

Belgrano is one of Buenos Aires’ more peaceful neighborhoods.Unique shops, restaurants, architectural masterpieces, and green open parks attract locals and visitors to explore this beautiful zone of the city.