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“Old council hall”
Review of Cabildo

Cabildo
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Piazzolla Tango Dinner and Tango Show with Optional Private City Tour
Ranked #77 of 728 things to do in Buenos Aires
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Old council hall”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

One of the oldest buildings in Buenos Aires with a privileged location on the Plaza de Mayo. It was build as the seat of the Spanish government in the early 1600's. It has undergone many modifications over the years. It was the site of important meetings during the fight for independence in 1810. Today it houses a small museum and is beautifully floodlit at night. Beware of dodgy characters hanging around under its arches late at night.

Visited December 2013
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“Interesting - but nothing in English -a missed opportunity!”
Reviewed 1 March 2014

This small building and courtyard is steeped in history and centrally located. Inside the building is a museum on the first floor which looked interesting and well laid-out, but sadly it was all in Spanish! There is a small cafe adjoining the building and it is tidily kept, unlike so many buildings in this difrty city.

Visited February 2014
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“Historical building but not a whole lot to see”
Reviewed 14 April 2013

Split decision on El Cabildo. For an Argentinean, being able to enter the building in which revolution and secession from the Spanish Empire started is a special deal. Being able to walk out on the balcony from which the decision was communicated to the populace gathered below, is also special. However, inside the building there is not a whole lot to see or do, and I agree with other comments, it's all in Spanish, so the significance of these artifacts is lost.

There is one highlight and that is the benches which were used in the meetings leading up to the revolution. Also, since it's free to enter, it's worth a 20-30 minute detour from whatever else you have planned for the day.

Visited April 2013
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Buenos Aires, Distrito Federal, Argentina
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“Monumental reference”
Reviewed 17 December 2012

It's one of the most important historical places in the country. It's value (and the tour's value) consists of understanding the history within, otherwise as you've read in other descriptions, it is only an old building. It is the place where the revolution began stirring to free Argentina from spanish rule. Knowing history and the contribution of the country to free others in the area, you'll appreciate the importance of the place. Definitely a must see in any trip to the country's capital.

Visited January 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“If you don't speak Spanish, don't bother.”
Reviewed 15 August 2012

Very little of interest here, and nothing labelled in English. Like much of this area, I'm sure it's fascinating if you are a student of archeology, but otherwise, nothing special. It was at least very cheap.

Visited August 2012
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