Avenida Corrientes is one of the most famous streets in Buenos Aires, and one of great cultural importance because of its many theatres, which witnessed the golden age of tango in the 1930s and 40s.
The avenue starts in the neighbourhood of Puerto Madero and over 70 blocks passes through San Nicolás, Balvanera, Almagro and Villa Crespo. It became known as "the street that never sleeps" because of the number of theatres, pizza places and bookstores that open late into the evening in the blocks nearest to the obelisk (at the junction of 9 de Julio). The street had great importance during the golden age of tango in the 1930s and 1940s, when the great musicians of the period would meet and play at bars and theatres here.
The street was named after the city Corrientes, which was the first city outside of Buenos Aires to support Argentina's war of independence.
Every December, the Avenida Corrientes hosts the “La Noche de las Librerías”, or night of the bookstores, when the many book shops on the street open even later than normal and host talks and book launches.
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