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Plaza de Mayo

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Plaza de Mayo is the oldest square in Buenos Aires and the scene of all the most important political events in Argentine history, except for the Declaration of Independence. Its name is in homage to the Revolution of May 25, 1810, which took place in this same square and which initiated the process of Argentine Independence, from which a form of government was chosen. It is also the place where the City was founded for the second time on June 11, 1580 by Juan de Garay, with the name of City of the Most Holy Trinity and Port of Santa María del Buen Ayre. Around this square the primitive village grew, until it became the political center of the country.

To get to Plaza de Mayo, you can use different means of transport. The easiest and fastest way is by subway (subte), as there are three stations that connect to it: Plaza de Mayo (line A), Catedral (line D) and Bolívar (line E). You can also take a bus (colectivo) that stops near the square, such as lines 2, 7, 8, 22, 24, 28, 29, 33, 50, 56, 61, 62, 64, 74, 86, 91, 93, 103, 105, 111 or 126. Another option is to take a taxi or a ride-hailing service like Uber or Cabify.

There are several tours that offer guided visits to Plaza de Mayo and its surroundings. Some are free and work on a tip basis, while others have a fixed price and include other attractions. You can find them online or at tourist information centers. Some examples are Buenos Aires Free Walks, BA Walking Tour and Cultura Cercana.

There are many things to see in Plaza de Mayo and its vicinity. Some of the most emblematic monuments and buildings are: the Pyramid of May, built in 1811 to commemorate the first anniversary of the Revolution; the monument to Manuel Belgrano, creator of the national flag; the Casa Rosada, seat of the national government and where Perón and Evita gave their famous speeches from the balcony; the Cabildo, where the first local government was formed in 1810; the Metropolitan Cathedral, where Pope Francis officiated mass for more than 20 years; and the Government House of the City.

Some tips for visiting Plaza de Mayo are: wear comfortable shoes and clothes according to the weather; bring water and snacks; avoid carrying valuables or large bags; respect the signs and regulations; be careful with traffic and crowds; and enjoy the history and culture of this iconic place.

Some prohibitions for visiting Plaza de Mayo are: do not litter or damage public property; do not disturb or harass other visitors or locals; do not enter restricted areas or buildings without permission; do not participate in illegal or violent activities; and do not disrespect the national symbols or authorities.

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