The Top 10 Things to Do and See in Montserrat, Buenos Aires

Bethany Currie

Montserrat, also known as Microcentro, is pretty much at the center of Buenos Aires, the sprawling capital city of Argentina. It is home to a number of attractions and landmarks, many of which still serve an important function today, such as the Casa Rosada (the presidential palace) and the national cathedral. Check out our guide to the best things to see and do while exploring the area.

1. Manzana de las Luces

Archaeological site, Building, Church, School, University

Complejo Histórico Cultural Manzana de las Luces, Buenos Aires
© Ministerio de Cultura de la Nación Argentina/Flickr
Translating as ‘Block of Enlightenment’, Manzana de las Luces is one of the oldest buildings in Buenos Aires and was first founded by Jesuits in the late 1600s. It was originally an educational facility run by Jesuit monks and has since been used as a hospital, university, printing press, and most notably as military headquarters during the wars of independence. Consequently, it is of significant historic importance and it became a protected national monument in 1942. Today, it is open for visitors to look around, with guided tours available.

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