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Buenos Aires is the capital and largest city of Argentina. It is located on the southern shore of the Río de la Plata, on the southeastern coast of the South American continent. Greater Buenos Aires is the third largest conurbation in Latin America, with a population of about 13 million. The city was originally named "Nuestra Señora del Buen Ayre" (Our Lady of the Fair Wind—winds were very important in the age of sail) and later "Ciudad de La Santísima Trinidad y Puerto de Santa María del Buen Ayre" (City of the Most Holy Trinity and Port of St Mary of the Fair Winds).
After the internal conflicts of the 19th century, Buenos Aires was federalised and removed from Buenos Aires Province in 1880. The city limits were enlarged to include the former towns of Belgrano and Flores, which are both now neighbourhoods of the city.
People from the city proper are called porteños (people of the port). Residents of the province are bonaerenses. People living in Greater Buenos Aires will often say they live in Buenos Aires, while those living in other towns in the province will name their town.
Coffee shops on Avenida de Mayo.
Bohemian-chic San Telmo.Avenida Alvear (along its westward route through the Recoleta area, its home to a concentration of boutiques, five-star hotels and belle époque palaces).
Corrientes Avenue (one of the city's principal thoroughfares. The avenue is intimately tied to the Tango and Porteño culture).
Avenida de Mayo (the avenue is often compared with those of Madrid, Barcelona and Paris due of its sophisticated buildings of art Nouveau, neoclassic and eclectic styles).
Cabildo (a public building dating from the 1720s used as the government house during colonial times).
Caminito (restored in 1955 by Benito Quinquela Martín, its pastel-hued walls have become one of the city's icons).
Casa Rosada (the official seat of the executive branch of government in Argentina).
Cementerio de la Recoleta (the cemetery houses the crypts of some of the most important Argentine historical figures, including several presidents, scientists and the forbears of many of Argentina's most influential families).
Florida Street (an elegant pedestrian street in downtown Buenos Aires).
Metropolitan Cathedral (the mother church of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires).
National Congress (Argentine Parliament, completed in 1906).
National Library (the largest library in Argentina and one of the most important in the Americas).
Nueve de Julio Avenue (its name honors Argentina's Independence Day and is the widest avenue in the world).
The Obelisk (one of the icons of the city and a venue for various cultural activities and other events).
Palermo (A trendy neighborhood filled with restaurants, shops and clubs, it's also home to the Palermo Gardens and its over 200 acres).
Plaza de Mayo (arguably the nervecenter of Buenos Aires and witness to many demonstrations and pivotal events in Argentine history).
Plaza San Martín (the heart of the distinguished Retiro area and former redoubt of Jorge Luis Borges).
Puerto Madero (developed over the 1880-era docklands, some of the city's tallest high-rise condominiums share the landscape with refurbished vintage wharf buildings).
San Telmo (one of the oldest neighborhoods of Buenos Aires. Well-preserved, it is characterized by its European and colonial architecture).
Teatro Colón (opened in 1908, it is one of the world's major opera houses).
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