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El Zanjon de Granados

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Address: Defensa 755 | San Telmo, Buenos Aires 1065, Argentina
Phone Number: 5411 4361 3002
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A must do in Bs As

My husband and I visited the museum yesterday. I am originally from Bs As and my husband is Canadian so we took the English tour. It was a marvelous experience, you get... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I had read that this was a 'must-do' in Buenos Aires, so I made sure to visit, but I found must somewhat disappointed. This is definitely a time where I got burned by the lonely planet. The building is beautiful, perfect as an event space, and it was interesting to hear if the history of the place, but I felt... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I was so excited for this museum, but found it to be pretty disappointing. You only get to the see the main floor of the house and the tunnels, and essentially it just felt like touring a nice event space- big and open with no decorations or furniture. The tunnels were pretty interesting, but I still don't think they made... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I visited the museum yesterday. I am originally from Bs As and my husband is Canadian so we took the English tour. It was a marvelous experience, you get transported in time and can appreciate and understand so much of Bs As history. The building is stunning. I do have to say I believe this tour relies... More 

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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

El Zanjon de Granados was a visit only because I had time, but it exceeded my recommendations and I would easily recommend for people to take the time to visit the private museum. The building was intended to be a restaurant before they discovered tunnels underneath and began the restoration process. The building has such a rich history and is... More 

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Smaller children might not enjoy it as much, but this restored 1840's house and underground tunnels are an architecture lover's delight. Guides will lead you through the house and tell you its rich and colorful history, and how it relates to the history of Buenos Aires as a whole. Since both the city and national government take a cavalier, almost... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We stumbled upon this tour while exploring the Feria de San Telmo. It looked like a beautiful historic building so we opted to take the tour. We were sorely disappointed. Our guide barely spoke English and was unable to fully describe the history of the building. She pointed at random pictures, items, and "amazing archeological discoveries". I left more confused... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

This building is a beautiful restoration and revelation of a historic mansion in the historic San Telmo area of Buenos Aires. The restoration is very sensitively done and the inadvertent discovery of the underground built elements during the initial restoration led to the restoration of these sectors as well. All is done with care and modern elements, like displays and... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Zanjon was not what we expected. We heard it was an old house that had been restored. We expected period furniture in an old house. It is much more interesting than that. Building has been stripped to bare brick structural walls and little else. Guide take you through all levels from the house built in 1832 with its three patios... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

There is a fascinating story behind this 18th century house which was turned into a tenement building after its wealthy owners abandoned San Telmo for higher ground. A private company bought the house with the intention of restoring it to its pre-tenement state then serendipitously discovered tunnels underneath. Our guide's English was flawless and she delivered the tour with enthusiasm... More 

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Minneapolis
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is an old home in SanTelmo that has been very nicely restored and there are tours in English offered by a very endearing host. But.. 1) it is very costly ($15usd) per person with no student rates 2) it lasts 50 minutes and is fully escorted. There is no time to look around by yourself or even sit and... More 

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San Telmo
Characterized by cobblestones and narrow streets, San Telmo is defined by the tango, the dance that made Buenos Aires world-famous. Tango is a fusion of many different cultures: a true child of immigration, much like the city itself. Nowadays, it comes alive after dark in the milongas (dance parties) attended by both locals and visitors alike, who dance until the wee hours of the morning. During the day, the antique shops and classic cafés and bars around Plaza Dorrego dominate the scene. The emblematic Bar Plaza Dorrego, with its green awnings, checkered tile floors, and wooden interiors, takes you back in time the moment you step inside. For true porteño traditions, San Telmo is the place to be.
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