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“Fascinating gem - easy to miss”

El Zanjon de Granados
Ranked #47 of 306 Tours in Buenos Aires
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

Guidebook mentioned something about underground tunnels and lodging but missed the big picture of this private museum. It is an impressive restoration of an old house from the 1830's. During the restoration they discovered ancient dwellings beneath the floors and also 2 rivers that flowed under these. The owner made the restoration a "labor of love" and took almost 15 years to excavate with the help of archeologists and to restore. It is a fascinating slice of BA history. Madeline was our English speaking guide and was extremely knowledgable and personable. Well worth the one hour tour and modest entrance fee.

1  Thank Steve Y
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Reviewed January 1, 2013

This place was a lucky find for us; there was only a small write-up about it in our guidebook, and if you walk by it on the street, you have no idea what is behind the doors.

You can find out more about the building here - http://elzanjon.com.ar/ - so I won't tell you its story.

Suffice it to say: it's one of the most beautiful restorations I have ever seen. I am inspired by the respect of the owner of this property for his devotion to sharing a fascinating overview of the layers of history in San Telmo. Historians, architects, builders, designers will especially love what has been preserved here. Don't miss it.

Thank Patti L
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Reviewed December 14, 2012

If you have an interest in history and learning about Buenos Aires, you should not miss this place. Get a tour -- that's for sure -- because you will learn so much about the history of the City and this wonderful home.

Thank TexKathy
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Reviewed December 11, 2012

Our English speaking tour guide was fantastic. She was a great historian and obviously loved her job. Tours start on the hour and are relatively inexpensive. We did this at the end of our 2 weeks in BA, so the history had more meaning.

Thank Bill S
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Reviewed December 10, 2012

A beautiful restoration and journey into the past of this fascinating city. Great tour guide, possibly few too many in our group as we missed quite a bit of narrative not being up the front. Loved the gorgeous brickwork and labyrinth of tunnels underneath the city.

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