Plaza del Congreso (Congress Plaza), Buenos Aires

Plaza del Congreso (Congress Plaza), Buenos Aires

The Plaza del Congreso is located in front of the National Congress Building. It is one of the largest squares in the city.

It is also called "Plaza de los dos Congresos" because the Monumento de los Dos Congresos is located within the square. The Plaza Lorea, the Plaza Mariano Moreno and the Plaza de Congreso form a set of plazas in front of the National Congress Building. It was developed for the centenary celebrations of the May Revolution in 1912.

The Plaza Lorea was named after the man who once owned the land, Isidro Lorea. The Plaza Mariano Moreno was named after Mariano Moreno who played a leading role in the war of independence. In 1908, a law was enacted to establish a public square in front of the National Congress Building and Carlos Thays was chosen to design it. It was completed in 1910 with two sections, one with sculptures and the other, a French-style garden. Two notable sculptures are an original variant of Auguste Rodin’s ‘The Thinker’ that is signed by Rodin and a monument to the two congresses that honor the Congress of 1810 of Buenos Aires and the Congress of 1816 in Tucuman that led to the independence of the nation.

Why You Should Visit:
One of the prettiest squares in the city! The monuments commemorate Argentine's independence and are rich in symbolism.

Tip:
Be careful of the people camping in the square – although they usually do not bother tourists, there are always exceptions, especially at night.
Also, don't be surprised to see a demonstration here.

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Plaza del Congreso (Congress Plaza) on Map

Sight Name: Plaza del Congreso (Congress Plaza)
Sight Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina (See walking tours in Buenos Aires)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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