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Manzana de las Luces (Illuminated Block), Buenos Aires

Manzana de las Luces (Illuminated Block), Buenos Aires (must see)

The 'Manzana de las Luces' or la Manzana de las Luces is the location where an old Jesuit Church and a prestigious educational institution of Buenos Aires stand. It was the intellectual center of the city during the 17th and 18th centuries.

The Jesuits built the San Ignacio church in honor of the founder of the order on land granted to them in 1616. It is the oldest church in Buenos Aires. The Spanish Crown saw the Jesuits as a threat and expelled them in 1767. Later the first medical school in the city was located here and was also once the seat of the University of Buenos Aires. The neoclassical-style building housing the Collegio Nacional, one of the best public schools in the city replaced a Jesuit structure at the Manzana de las Luces. It was a center of political activism and many students worked for the independence of Argentina and the President of Argentina attends its graduation ceremonies.

Tip:
The famous tunnels are closed – and had been closed for several years for maintenance, so there's not much of a point in joining guided tours; however, there are other things to check-out such as a market of local artisan's products, a guitar manufacturing school, and a restaurant hosted in a dark, intriguing barrel-vaulted gallery. The latter is recommended for lunch or during the hottest hours of the day, to find a refreshment surrounded by a bit of history.

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 10am-8pm; Sat-Sun: 2-8pm

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Manzana de las Luces (Illuminated Block) on Map

Sight Name: Manzana de las Luces (Illuminated Block)
Sight Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Gay Nightlife Walking Tour

Gay Nightlife Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
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Tango Clubs Self-Guided Tour

Tango Clubs Self-Guided Tour

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Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
Modern Architecture Walking Tour

Modern Architecture Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 4 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 9.6 Km or 6 Miles
Famous Historical Buildings Walking Tour

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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.2 Km or 4.5 Miles
History and Science Museums Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.2 Km or 2.6 Miles
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Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.9 Km or 1.8 Miles

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