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El Zanjon de Granados

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San Telmo
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Address: Defensa 755 | San Telmo, Buenos Aires 1065, Argentina
Phone Number: 5411 4361 3002
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What a wonderful find!

We were wondering aimlessly around San Telmo when we chanced upon this place and headed back a little later to join the regular English speaking tour. The tour taught us a vast... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Guildford, United Kingdom

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were wondering aimlessly around San Telmo when we chanced upon this place and headed back a little later to join the regular English speaking tour. The tour taught us a vast amount about the history of both the building and also BA and the restoration that has been carried our was meticulous. There was plenty to see during the... More 

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Hamburg, Germany
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24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went to this place after reading about it in Lonely Planet. I arrived at 1pm and I had luck as I could immediately join a guided visit in spanish for 180AR$. The guide, señora Matilde, explained with lots of details and passion the history of the building and the vision the owner, Mr. Jorge, had while restoring the place.... More 

Thank Pietro M
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This historic mansion tour came as a real surprise for us. The history of this single building taught us so much about life in BA for the last couple of centuries in a very unique way. Our tour guide was absolutely fantastic too. Engaging, informative and passionate, she made this a real highlight of our time in BA. It only... More 

1 Thank Jakob J
Washington, DC
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182 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This historic villa, the foundations and tunnels underneath, and the stories (and photos) about what it looked like as a tenement were absolutely fascinating! We loved the tour, and the guide's English was excellent. A perfect place to escape the sun during a visit to Feria de San Telmo, or worth a trip on its own. A bit expensive, but... More 

1 Thank DCDolcevita
Auckland, New Zealand
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21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was definitely worth the visit. They had a very informative english tour. I would recommend this early in your Buenos Aires trip because it gives you some additional historical perspective on the city.

1 Thank Warwick A
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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42 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

This modern, privately owned, museum uses well presented archaeological reconstruction and artefacts combined with an excellent guided tour to turn a potentially dry subject into a really interesting exhibition. The present day owner of the museum bought what was a derelict building in 1985 with the aim of converting it into a restaurant. When he started the conversion works he... More 

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Brooklyn, New York, United States
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

This private museum is well worth the visit. The website gives times of when tours are given both in English and Spanish, and one of the owners helps show visitors around with great enthusiasm for the space they helped to create. The history within shows how people collected water, lived in the earlier times of the city and much more.

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Winfield, Illinois
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

This privately funded museum was a mansion and then a tenement house for immigrants. We took an English tour, and our guide was fantastic. Very knowledgeable about Argentinian history and able to relate the anecdotes back to things she knew we would be familiar with in the US. The tour takes you down into the tunnels beneath the house which... More 

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Bellevue, Washington, USA
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135 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

This 1830 mansion of a merchant leather exporter was turned into a tenement with 125 people living in the 23 rooms upstairs and shops downstairs, and then abandoned for years. During restoration for a restaurant they discovered tunnels constructed when sewage streams were covered over around 1830. Some of the 30,000 objects found during excavation are on display as well... More 

Thank Jeanne J
Phoenix, Arizona
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131 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

This is the site of an old palace built in 1830s that turned into a tenement, was abandoned for 20 years and the lovingly restored by a local Porteno from San Telmo who started uncovering its stories. What made this tour great and fascinating was certainly the guide, Matilda, who made it come alive for all of us as she... 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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