La Plata means Silver
La Plata (Argentina)
Member Name: martinaheale
La Plata (Argentina)
Date: 11/07/01, updated on 11/07/01 (62 review reads)
Advantages: Friendly city
Disadvantages: Just for a day break
Yes, La Plata means the silver but it can also means the money, and it was quite right during some time for this city to be called like that. La Plata is the capital of Buenos Aires Province, and after it was founded in the 1880's it was the heart of the whole country.
Although now the heart and soul is in the Federal Capital, called Capital Federal, a very original name, la Plata keeps their interesting life. It's about 56 km southeast from the Fed. Cap.
La Plata has amazing public buildings because it was sopoused to reflect their main part in the argentinian history. And the distribution of this tries to imitated Washington DC, USA, where all the major avenues are connecting the city's public buildings and parks.
La Casa de Gobierno, that is the Goverment House, is were the Governor is, head of the city, and is one of the most impresive buildings.
Another one is the Natural History Museum. And although their fossil colection is not very organized is a massive one.
In the midddle of Moreno Park, the main one in the city, is La Plata's Founding Stone. A monument as the represent the origin of the city.
Every major city in Argentina got their Cathedral, here the Cathedral is in a neo-gotic style and shows lots about the cologne times that lived. The beautiful stained glass is a must in the city. It also has a museum but it doesn't say much.
The Teatro Argentino is a new building that replaced the old theatre that was destroyed by a fire. The locals assure that the theatre was one of the best in the world and of course much better than the new one.
The Pasaje Dardo Rocha, named after the city's creator is the cultural center of the city. There's not really much going on there, but it's probably becuase of the hard economic situation that the country is living.
There's also a Museum called Bellas Artes but in my opinion is there mainly because a majo
r city is supposed to have an art museum.
There are also two more main public buildings that deserve a look, the Palacio de la Legislatura, that would be tha Parliament and opposite to Moreno Park, the Palacio Municipal wich is impressive because the building is in a german renaissance style while on each side there are modern towers.
My favourite place is called La Republica de los Niņos, that would be the Kids Republic.
It's a scale-model city that Evita Peron sponsored for educational and enjoyment porpouses. It's great to be in there and find the Parliament House in a child size! The little city has all the main public buildings, and then there is the fairy tale section. The construction was so peculiar that includes different architectural styles!
La Plata is not a very touristic place, so is not that known but if you're planning to absorve the argentinian city culture is a nice place to go. Besides you can not get lost the street names are in numbers!