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Flavia L wrote a review Mar 2020
Buenos Aires, Argentina33 contributions6 helpful votes
It is a unique work of its kind, true testimony of the importance given to public hygiene and drinking water by the rulers of the time.
Date of experience: March 2020
IN_Travelers47906 wrote a review Mar 2020
West Lafayette, Indiana4,565 contributions667 helpful votes
You have spent a lot of time and money getting to Buenos Aires. Do you really want to spend more visiting the waterworks? In this case, yes! It is just a 5-minute walk from El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore (an absolute must-see) and 15-minutes from the Opera House (Teatro Colon), also a must see. The three together make for an excellent morning or afternoon self-guided walking tour. The beautiful Water Company Palace (Museo del Agua) occupies an entire city block. Walk completely around the exterior and, if time allows, enter the main doorway on the Riobamba Street side to take the ancient elevator up to the History of Sanitation Museum, which is worthy of a few minutes of your time. The museum is a handy-man’s paradise displaying histories of the toilet and sanitation piping, plus other interesting displays about the evolution of the Buenos Aires sanitation system. You also have an opportunity to see some of the mega-plumbing inside the system. Beautiful on the outside and interesting on the inside. 1-hour well-spent. TIP: We created our own walking tour and it turned out to provide us a wonderful day seeing much of Buenos Aires. Most hotels can provide you a city map. 1. Take a taxi (probably less than $10 USD from any location) to Floralis Generica. 2) Walk 15 minutes to the Recoleta Cemetery, stopping by the Claustros Históricos Basílica del Pilar along the way. 3) Walk 20 minutes to El Ateneo Grand Splendid which has to be the world’s most ornate and interesting bookstore. 4) Walk 5 minutes to the beautiful Water Company Palace (Museo del Agua) which occupies an entire city block. 5) Walk 15 minutes to the Opera House (Teatro Colon) where there is a nice park across the street for resting. The outside of the Opera House is nice, but not magnificent, so make sure you go inside. It is worth going on line ahead of time to reserve tickets for the tour either on this stop or at a later time. Don’t miss this tour! 6) Walk 5 minutes to the Obelisk and before you get there go to the top of the steps provided for viewing. The base of the Obelisk is a perfect location for a Christmas Card photo. You will probably see a line there, where those waiting will gladly take pictures of those whose turn is next. Cross the magnificent 18-lane Avenue 9 Julio (9th of July) and you will be surrounded by cheap places offering almost any meal you want. We ate at the Tostado Café and took our food to the second floor for a window view of the crowds below. Very pleasant with great food at reasonable prices. 7) Walk 15 minutes to the Cathedral of Buenos Aires(Pope Francis’ cathedral) and take a look inside. This will put you at the famous Plaza de Mayo where you can sit, people watch and stroll around what is probably the most historic site in Buenos Aires. 8) Finish with a short 10-minute walk to the wonderful Puerto Madero. The place to be late afternoon/early evening with street performers and endless choices for a meal.…
Date of experience: January 2020
1 Helpful vote
Zeituni wrote a review Mar 2020
Jerusalem, Israel1,469 contributions223 helpful votes
One of the most outstanding buildings in Buenos Aires built for humble purposes. The symbol of golden era.
Date of experience: February 2020
Merika Kims wrote a review Feb 2020
Perth, Australia3 contributions
Loved the history of this palace while on the city tour. If you like architecture, it is delightful!
Date of experience: February 2020
Queen J wrote a review Feb 2020
California2,053 contributions642 helpful votes
It's definitely worth stopping by just to take pictures of this massive ornate building, if not to tour the inside. This building is a must-see. It's ginormous and ornate. It's really spectacular. It is very difficult to capture the entire front or side of the building from the street, though, because it is so long. If you have time to go inside, there's a small, free museum about the water system in Buenos Aires. It's ok. There are so many fantastic museums in BA, I wouldn't say this one is a "must see", but it WAS interesting. The museum is an interesting mix of floor plans, pipe and equipment pieces, photographs, drawings, displays in Spanish and English, and the pipes overhead still being used in the building itself. There is only 1 guided tour daily at 11am. It is free. We did not take it since we had another tour elsewhere at that time, but the self tour of the small museum was sufficient. *Note: Residents line up here to pay their water bill, so bypass the line and ask the security guard about the tour or where to access the stairwell to the free public museum on the 1st floor above. Hope that helps! Enjoy Buenos Aires! *Note: All government buildings and museums close for the holidays and for New Year's week, it was closed Dec 31, Jan 1, and Jan 2.…
Date of experience: December 2019
2 Helpful votes