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El Zanjon de Granados

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Address: Calle Defensa 755 | San Telmo, Buenos Aires C1065AAM, Argentina
Phone Number: 5411 4361 3002
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Encapsulation of Buenos Aires' history of immigration

El Zanjon, in the San Telmo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, is a fascinating way to learn more about the history of how Buenos Aires grew and evolved. This structure is a restored... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Kyle S
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Seattle

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

El Zanjon, in the San Telmo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, is a fascinating way to learn more about the history of how Buenos Aires grew and evolved. This structure is a restored building that helps visitors understand the different waves of building, immigration and cultural change over the past few centuries in BA. Originally built as a single large home... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had read about El Zanjon but the write-ups didn't do justice to this historical landmark. Beautifully preserved, this site tells the story of early Buenos Aires to the modern city. Our guide, Alejandra, was an extrodinary docent. She provided phenomenal historic perspective of this old home and the tunnels beneath it. This tour is a must if you are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I'm one more person that can't understand why this is not one of the top five places to visit. You can go to gallery's anywhere to see history on display or you can come here and stand inside it. This is an archeologicaly displayed 1830' s mansion on top of a previous house and a diverted river bed. The attention... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016 via mobile

Do not understand why this attraction is not top 5. Private museum preserved to impeccable standards. Tour guide was fantastic and knowledgable. In English and Spanish. A must see!!!!

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Brussels, Belgium
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

The visit (guided tours in English) takes you in a restored old Buenos Aires home. The visitor can see the two different phases of historic Buenos Aires, the first rich settlers and the later working class tenement. In the underground the visit takes you literally inside the pipes were the old river was running.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

No doubt a work of passion and commitment and for that no one can criticise What a beautiful restoration of something so overlooked. A must visit However the shame is its a whirlwind tour and there is no going back to look at things in detail so if you blink you miss it which is such a pity when so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

We had the great pleasure of being shown around this amazing space by the owner Mr. Jorge Eckstein. It was his vision that turned a very dilapidated 19th century building in a cross between a living museum and a brilliant series of event locations. The attention to detail is unbelievable. I have never seen anything like it and I was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016

A beautifully restored 1830s house - no expense has been spared. It is really a private museum and it sits on the site of the original settlement of BA in 1536

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Cornelius, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016 via mobile

Just happened to see a group coming out and went in. Had no idea about this attraction. But glad I stumbled onto it. Great tour, and warm and dry ( today was cool and wet), so I enjoyed that as well. So I recommend for a rainy day !

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

Unexpected surprise. Well thought out. Privately owned and so, so, tastefully pulled together. Lovely tour guides with excellent knowledge of the area and history of BsAs. Impressive idea and speaks to San Telmo's gentrification....cannot wait to go back and see what's been revealed after more excavation.

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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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