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Cordoba city, Argentina: Four century old Jesuit churches, historical places, huge shopping centers and more...

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A February 2007 trip to Cordoba by Robert Raymond Ingledew

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Quote: I live near Córdoba city. It is the second largest city in Argentina, and has all the features of a metropolitan city. The city is 5 centuries old, it has lovely pedestrian streets, huge shopping centers, and many historical places, some of them considered World Heritage by UNESCO.

Cordoba city, Argentina: Four century old Jesuit churches, historical places, huge shopping centers and more...

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Cordoba was founded in 1537, and today is the second city of Argentina, with over 1.3 million inhabitants. It is a modern city, with many historical buildings and beautiful shopping centers: NuevoCentro (the largest shopping center) Patio Olmos, Córdoba Shopping Center, and huge hyper-markets like Carrefour, Wal-Mart, Libertad, and Makro. It has one of the most prestigious universities in Argentina, and is one of the main tourist centers in the country. Of course, Villa Carlos Paz (25 miles away) is the motor that moves most tourism in the province, but a visit to this province without visiting the historical City Hall, convents, and churches constructed by the Jesuits some 4 centuries ago...Read More

Shopping in Cordoba City (Argentina)

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Walking through the commercial downtown of Córdoba city is a real pleasure. The pedestrian streets have been carefully decorated with plants and even overhead shade, and there are many fashionable shops, most of them small or medium. But if you want to see the latest fashion, a visit to its huge shopping centers is a must. The largest one by far is NuevoCentro, located on Duarte Quirós avenue 1400, next to the Cordoba Sheraton hotel. A taxi from the downtown to this shopping center or to the Sheraton hotel will cost you some two dollars and some eight dollars from Córdoba's international airport, where a number of international airlines arrive, mostly from the USA, Chile, and Brazil. The second lar...Read More
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Córdoba city (founded in 1573, and refounded in 1580) has real archaeological treasures, the oldest Jesuit church in Argentina, constructed in 1640, the Montserrat primary school (founded in 1693), the first building of the University of Cordoba (founded in 1613), the city hall, the cathedral... Most of these historical monuments form part of the Jesuit Block and have been declared Cultural Heritage by the United Nations (UNESCO). Surprisingly, most of these buildings continue to render services to the community. The Montserrat school still functions as a primary school, the first building of the University of Cordoba has been transformed into a Museum, the city hall still has municipal offices, an...Read More

Alta Gracia and its Surrounding Area

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Alta Gracia is only 22 miles away from Cordoba city. However, the bus takes about one hour to get there. It has the most important Jesuit Museum in Argentina and -as far as I know- the only museum to the Che Guevara, a disciple of Fidel Castro with whom I do not agree, but that gave his life for a cause he considered just. Obviously, the most important attraction here is the Virrey Liniers Jesuit Museum and the Cathedral and its surrounding area. Unlike other Jesuit buildings in other parts of Argentina (like Santa Ana or San Ignacio), the Jesuit church and residence constructed here between 1640 and 1659 and the Tajamar, an important dam constructed in 1659 to supply drinking water to the area, ha...Read More
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Villa Carlos Paz is the third tourist center in importance in all Argentina, after Mar del Plata and Bariloche. It has a permanent population of sixty thousand inhabitants, and probably over four hundred hotels. I moved to Villa Carlos Paz over a year ago. Since I am a freelancer, I could have moved to any city in Argentina, including my other two choices for living: Mendoza city or Salta. Although Bariloche is by far the most beautiful spot in Argentina, I would not go to live there because it is far too cold in winter for my taste. And Mendoza has become quite more expensive than Córdoba. Being in the center of Argentina Villa Carlos Paz has a moderate climate, a dry season from April to November...Read More
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Cordoba is a large city, and it is impossible to give a complete picture, but I wish to share my partial knowledge of the city (where I have been many times, since I live only 25 miles away). WHERE TO STAY FIVE-STAR HOTELS Until five years ago, Cordoba had no five-star hotels. Now it has a few: the Sheraton hotel (Av. Duarte Quirós 1300 Phone (54-351) 526-9000 Fax: 526-9150, see my photo below) Interplaza (San Jerónimo 137 Phone (54-351) 426-8900/0-800-888-2677) Holiday Inn (Fray Luis Beltrán y Manuel Cardeñosa Phone (54-351) 477-9100 Fax: 477-9101) The Crowne Plaza San Miguel is out of the city, and I do not have a precise idea of where it is located. (Ruta Nac. 36 Km. 759 (then 5km o...Read More