Go on a scavenger hunt to find some of the best bits of European architecure in Buenos Aires.
Although examples have been found from prehistoric times, the earliest dome still standing dates from the Roman era. Through trial & error, Roman architects discovered that pressure from the keystone holds an arch in place… then they put a spin on it. An arch rotated 360º around its keystone becomes a dome.
Engineers love domes because they give a maximum amount of enclosed space for a minimum amount of surface area. But for most of us, regardless of placement or size, domes are built to impress.
During the 300 years from the city’s second foundation in 1580 until the 1880′s Buenos Aires remained a surprisingly humble place… a far cry from the grandiose city it is today. Early paintings & engravings of Buenos Aires, however, show one remarkable feature—church domes.
It was the beginning of a trend. By 1900 when immigration was at its peak, European-born architects brought European-inspired design with them & showered the city in domes. This singular feature makes visitors feel more like they are on the Viejo Continente rather than the New World.
Need more gorgeous examples? Check out 32 additional photos in this Facebook album for a sneak peek at more domes listed in this guide.
While the itinerary does not contain a complete listing of domes in Buenos Aires—a worthy but monumental task—the 75 domes selected represent a sample of the city’s finest. This map-based PDF helps you discover even more of this fascinating city. Some of its features include: a brief historical background, a quick guide to architectural styles & lots of original artwork.
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Duration: Spend as much time as you like. This is not a guided walk with ordered stops, & few people will want to see each & every dome. However this listing represents one fun way to explore the city.
Format: A4 landscape, 12 pages. This guide may not be redistributed, resold or reprinted.
Release date: 16 Oct 2011, updated 05 Mar 2013.
- Accompany this PDF with a Guía T, available at any kiosk which sells magazines & newspapers. Besides a handy, complete map of Buenos Aires, it provides subway & bus info to reach domes that are not near the city center.
- Photographers may prefer to look for domes during the calm of Sunday mornings when the city center empties out.
- For a good starting point with a high density of domes, begin to explore from Plaza de Mayo & gradually wander west.
- Have fun & enjoy the walk!