Eva Peron, known more affectionately as Evita, is a global historical and cultural icon. Over the course of her short life she became loved by the masses and was a champion of women’s and workers’ rights. Follow in her footsteps by taking yourself on an Eva Peron tour of Buenos Aires.
On the site of what is now the Biblioteca Nacional, or the national library, in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires used to sit the former presidential palace of President Juan Peron and the first lady, Eva Peron. The palace, known as Unzué Palace, became something of lore following the military coup that ousted Peron from power in 1955, after which they ordered the complete demolition of the house, which, together with its grounds, took up more than three city blocks. This was where Evita lived out her last days in a battle with cancer, and where she eventually died in 1952. The house would have fronted onto Libertador Avenue, where there is now a large monument dedicated to Evita.
Biblioteca Nacional, Agüero 2502, 1425 Buenos Aires, Argentina, +54 11 4808 6000
This white tower block in the middle of 9 de Julio Avenue, one of the main thoroughfares in the city and the widest street in South America, bears two steel portraits of Evita on the north and south faces. One depicts her giving an impassioned speech into a microphone and the other is of her official portrait. They were installed on the 59th anniversary of Evita’s death in 2011, and are by sculptor Alejandro Marmo.
This upscale building in Recoleta was where Eva and Juan Peron lived for a time before Peron was elected president in 1946. They lived together in an apartment on the fourth floor when this neighborhood was the most glitzy and glamorous in the city. Now a luxury hotel, the reception and halls are decked out with Evita memorabilia. It is well worth a visit just to see the opulence of the building itself.
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