Plaza San Martín

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Plaza San Martín
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Monuments & Statues
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
A popular lunchtime respite for business folk, this lovely park is bordered by the San Martin Palace and the Plaza Hotel, and includes a huge monument to General Jose de San Martin.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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The area
Neighborhood: El Centro (Downtown)
How to get there
  • General San Martín • 2 min walk
  • Retiro • 6 min walk

1,052 reviews
Very good

Queen J
California2,090 contributions
Historic plaza and park in Retiro
Feb 2020
Found in Retiro, this plaza is one of the oldest in the city and is the site of several historic events. A decisive battle against the British took place here in 1807, and five years later, General José de San Martín chose this historic site as the location for the barracks for his granadiers. In 1813, San Martín became an instrumental leader in the war for independence from Spain.

Today, a giant equestrian monument features General San Martín; Mars, the God of war; and several battles. A sculpture in each corner illustrates a pivotal moment in the war: "The Departure to War", "The Battle", "The Victory", and the "The Return of the Victor".

A few other statues and monuments can be found throughout this park, such as the monument dedicated to the fallen soldiers of the Malvinas (Falklands War against Great Britain). Two soldiers guard the monument, which features 25 marble plates etched with the names of the fallen soldiers.

At the far end of the adjoined Plazoleta Fuerza Aerea Argentina, the 60 meter Torre Monument (clock tower) commemorates Argentina's independence, a gift from Great Britain, made from imported red bricks and stone.

The park itself is green and shady, and a nice place for a stroll under the canopy of tall trees. I wouldn't go out of my way to visit this park in and of itself, but the metro line E from Plaza de Mayo runs right through the middle of the two parks, ending in the Retiro train station across the street to the west.

Across the street to the south is Palacio Paz, and a block away, the Florida shopping area. A few blocks further, stands the gothic Basílica Santísimo Sacramento.

All in all, it is a nice plaza with a bit of history. Stroll through when visiting other sights in the area.
Written April 4, 2020
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Chantilly, VA1,226 contributions
The crown jewel of three adjoining parks
Mar 2020
Plaza San Martin is the crown jewel in a string of parks near Estacion Retiro, Buenos Aires' main train station, the others being Plaza Fuerza Aerea Argentina (home to Torre Monumental) and Plaza Canada (which features a totem pole and lots of homeless people).

The park and its centerpiece (but not centered) monument (see my review, "Keep looking. It's there!") honor General Jose de San Martin, liberator of Argentina, Chile and Peru. There are also some plaques remembering the barracking of San Martin's Regiment of Mounted Grenadiers here, a playground, a very large Gomero ficus tree and a statue, "The Doubt." Most interesting to me, though, was the Cenotaph to the Fallen of the Malvinas War (see my review, "Gone but not forgotten").

The park itself is quite beautiful with large trees and spacious open spaces sharing an almost cliff-like setting.


* Lots of homeless in and around this park, but also a very visible police presence. We walked around almost unmolested (one man approached seeking money).
Written March 19, 2020
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Vincent M
New Orleans, LA2,213 contributions
A Pleasant Park and Historic Site
Feb 2020
The Plaza General San Martin is the pre-eminent park in Retiro, with shady groves and sunny lawns (see Tree-lined Lanes, Shady Benches, Trees in Blossom and Broad Greenswards photos). The odds of a refreshing breeze are good: the river (and yacht harbour) are within a quarter mile (400 meters) of this plaza. But Plaza San Martin is also a remarkably historic piece of real estate.

In the 1600s, Spain’s colonial governors lived here. In 1713 the English South Sea Company bought the land and set up commercial operations. This trading company briefly held a monopoly on selling slaves in Spanish America, but their factory and fort on what’s now Plaza San Martin didn’t last long. In 1720, the South Sea Bubble burst, one of the most notorious joint-stock insider-trading swindles in financial history. (Still, for over another 200 years, every British monarch from George I to Queen Victoria was also the governor of this ancient and honourable company of slavers and swindlers!) A different sort of British collapse occurred in July 1807, when a second British invasion attacked Buenos Aires with 13,000 men. The attack centred around this plaza. Thanks to plucky fighting by the defenders and criminal incompetence by the British commander, the British army was defeated with heavy casualties.

In 1812, José de San Martín arrived in South America and was given command of Argentina’s Mounted Grenadiers: this plaza served as his barracks. Which is why the grand equestrian statue of the liberator of Argentina, Chile and Peru is on this plaza. Other monuments here also honour him. The Mounted Grenadiers themselves are memorialised on a plaque quoting San Martin: “I alone know what my Grenadiers are capable of; there may be those who equal them, but not any who exceed them” (my rough-and-ready translation: see Mounted Grenadiers and San Martin Plaque photos).

The plaza runs on a SW to NE axis. The Palacio Pas and the Military Museum are opposite the plaza to the SW. The Edificio Kavanagh is across San Martin to the SE , with the Basilica of Santissimo Sacramento one block past the Kavanagh. On the NE corner you’ll find the Monument to the Fallen of the Malvinas. And directly opposite the busy Av del Libertador is the Torre Monumental. The plaza is located at the northern tip of Calle Florida, about 250 meters north of Galarias Pacifico. The closest Subte station is San Martin on the C line; the second-best is Retiro on the E line, but even the third-best, Florida on the B line, is only about 500 meters away, up the pedestrian shopping calle Florida, which is an attraction in itself. (I’ve reviewed Kavanagh, the Basilica, the Maldivas cenotaph, the Torre Monumental, Calle Florida and the Galaria Pacifico separately in TA.) You can wander across the plaza from end to end in under an hour, but if you add in all the other nearby attractions, you could profitably spend an entire day in this area.
Written March 15, 2020
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Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina1 contribution
Feb 2020
She and her surroundings are places of ancient history and forgiven loves. A legend says that "there is a special ombu tree that makes certain souls to come across..."
Written March 10, 2020
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Chicago, IL2,399 contributions
Public square and site of historic events
Jan 2020
We discovered this square while walking around this area. Plaza San Martín (English: San Martín Square) is a park located in the Retiro neighborhood of Buenos Aires. Plaza San Martín is one of the city’s oldest squares and was the site of several historic events. As well as containing examples of several native and foreign trees, the square contains several important monuments and sculptures.
Written January 26, 2020
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Liverpool, UK48 contributions
1st visit to Buenos Aires
Jan 2020 • Couples
City has several open green spaces. Very walkable city, wide avenues and modern area by river. Cathedral is beautiful. Highly decorative, the lada church were Pope Francis resided
Written January 18, 2020
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Kim B
Newnan, GA1,021 contributions
Nice shady spot
Dec 2019
The friend and I who often travel together are both exercisers - so having this place near our hotel was nice. I enjoyed running in the shade in the hot, humid weather. It is not big - definitely smaller than a quarter mile track, but it worked well for us.
We saw plenty of tour groups going through during our exercise. There are s few statures in the park and view of a town clock from one end. There also is a was memorial( that is guarded)
We also walked around here later in the day and enjoyed the benches taking in what we could. ( looking for birds too)

There were lots of people strolling around and also sitting as well. I think people may have slept in there during the night as well. We were up early the following morning and that seemed to be the case. Did not feel threatened. Lots of police in the area - actually we saw lots pretty much during our entire trip( unless rural area)
Written January 15, 2020
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Wilton, CA14,503 contributions
Beyond the traffic
Jan 2020
From our lodging in the Recoleta district you cross the 20 lanes of bus, bicycle, and car traffic and continue two blocks to the sanctuary of this plaza. It was our first outing and it only hinted at the green spaces so abundant in the city. abulous. Very busy but lots of room. smaller statues surround but the key element is the monument to Sr Jose de San Martin, revered as George Washington in the US as the father of independence.
Written January 10, 2020
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Milan, Italy902 contributions
Large square with interesting monuments
Jan 2020
It is a large square with interesting monuments that makes it worth a visit. Key feature is the memorial to General San Martin, a national hero, but it offers also green areas to relax when visiting the city.
Written January 5, 2020
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Elena P
Romania4,726 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Nice square with an heroic monument in the middle. The train station is very close to the square and it is an important tool to ho out from Buenos Aires.
Written December 29, 2019
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