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Essential Córdoba (Argentina)

Combining modern architecture with the beauty of its colonial past and European influence, Córdoba has many hidden treasures that date from the XVI and XVII Centuries, when the Jesuits settled down in the region, leaving their cultural heritage in what is now the Manzana Jesuítica (Jesuit Block) also known as the Manzana de las Luces (Block of Enlightenment). Thanks to UNESCO that declared it as Cultural Heritage in 2000, today we can still enjoy the beauty of its ancient cathedral, churches, schools, courts, monasteries and the oldest university of Argentina. 

The appearance of the city is in continuous mutation, the real estate boom is a fact and gives a new skyline to the city, but down in the streets some of those treasures from past centuries are disappearing or fading out by modern billboards, carelessness or urban sprawl that gives way to modern buildings. The lively quarter of Nueva Córdoba is a clear example of this: students from all over the country move here when they start university and the impact of that can be seen on the dozens of bars, restaurants, lounges and clubs spread over its bubbly streets where life never stops.

Emerging artists have now their new space at Paseo del Buen Pastor as well as artisans and independent artists at Paseo de las Artes where stalls, shops and galleries of handicrafts, antiques, art, clothes and food keep expanding considerably during the last few years. As the weekend starts, crowds wander around the streets, rooftop terraces and comfy restaurants get busy when the sun goes down and live music comes from bars. 

Architecture, arts and culture are blooming along with public areas where contemporary art can be seen at the colourful rings of Plaza del Bicentenario, next to El Faro (The Lighthouse), or visiting the renewed Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes Emilio Caraffa (MEC), Museo de Bellas Artes Palacio Ferreyra and Museo Municipal de Bellas Artes Genaro Pérez.

Museo de la Memoria
is also a new spot that brings back chilling memories from the excesses of Argentina's military dictatorship. Just next to the Cathedral, this museum  occupies the building used as a clandestine center for detention and torture of suspected political agitators that were kidnapped by the dreaded D2 (Department of Intelligence).

Food, vegetables, meat and lots more of yummy flavours have their own space at the old building of Mercado Municipal or North Market, which is surrounded by quaint shops, cafes, restaurants and wholesale shops.

There are also those hidden treasures that can only be found walking down the city centre streets and pedestrian area, and looking up to the sky: domes, cupolas and memories from an architectural past that has to do with European influences, most of them now forgotten in time or hiding behind big trees and billboards. But despite of it, they still keep that fine beauty that make them unique enriching the cultural heritage and identity of Córdoba.

Cupola and staircase of buildings from city centre

Staircase of building at Rivera Indarte and 9 de Julio


Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús / Colegio Nacional de Monserrat

Colegio Nacional de Monserrat (Manzana Jesuítica)

Colegio Nacional de Monserrat (Manzana Jesuítica)

Colegio Nacional de Monserrat (Manzana Jesuítica)

Colegio Nacional de Monserrat

Colegio Nacional de Monserrat

Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús (M. Jesuítica)

Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús (M. Jesuítica)
Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús (Manzana Jesuítica)
Iglesia de Santa Teresa y Convento de Carmelitas Descalzas
de San José (Manzana Jesuítica)
Iglesia de Santa Teresa y Convento de Carmelitas Descalzas
de San José (Manzana Jesuítica)
Iglesia de Santa Teresa y Convento de Carmelitas Descalzas
de San José (Manzana Jesuítica)
Parroquia Sagrado Corazón de Jesús de los Capuchinos as
reflected on bar glass from El Buen Pastor, Nueva Córdoba
Parroquia Sagrado Corazón de Jesús de los Capuchinos
Sagrado Corazón de Jesús de los Capuchinos
Plaza del Bicentenario and Faro del Bicentenario
Plaza del Bicentenario
Cathedral
Cathedral as seen from Cabildo
Cathedral as seen from Cabildo
Cathedral as seen from Cabildo
Cabildo ceiling
Cabildo
Cabildo
Cathedral
Compañía de Jesús as seen from Museo
Histórico de la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
Museo Histórico de la Universidad Nac. de Córdoba


Museo Histórico de la Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
Mercado Municipal (Norte)
Butchers at Mercado Municipal (Norte)
Signs around Mercado Municipal (Norte)
Sausages at Mercado Municipal (Norte)
Restaurant at Mercado Municipal (Norte)
Signs at Mercado Municipal (Norte)
Cafe around Mercado Municipal (Norte)
Sign at Mercado Municipal (Norte)
Shop around Paseo de las Artes
Shop around Paseo de las Artes
Shop around Paseo de las Artes
Shop around Paseo de las Artes
Shop and galleries around Paseo de las Artes
Shop and galleries nearby el Paseo de las Artes
Bar nearby Paseo de las Artes
Street art nearby Paseo de las Artes
Antiques shop around Paseo de las Artes
Shops around Paseo de las Artes
Shops around Paseo de las Artes
Cupola and wires in city centre
Traditional advertising billboard
Synagogue
Shop around Mercado Municipal (Norte)
Iglesia de la Merced
Typical moving van parked in front of Iglesia de la Merced
Iglesia de la Merced
Iglesia de Santo Domingo
Iglesia de Santo Domingo
missing people's pictures at Museo de la Memoria
personal objects of missing people at Museo de la Memoria
Museo de la Memoria jails
Museo de la Memoria jails
Museo de la Memoria jails
missing people's pictures at Museo de la Memoria
Museo de la Memoria
Cathedral as seen from Museo de la Memoria
demonstrations are almost a weekly scene on the streets
Cardboard collectors and water carriers
Teatro del Libertador
Supreme Court and Paseo Sobremonte
Supreme Court
La Cañada and typical tree, the 'tipa'
La Cañada and typical tree, the 'tipa'
vintage signage
Selling fruits on the streets of Nueva Córdoba
The Calicanto building as reflected on frontal building