Located on a raised area of land in the elegant Recoleta neighbourhood, Argentina's current National Library is based on a modernist architectural project from the architects Clorindo Testa, Francisco Bullrich and Alicia Cazzaniga. They won a national contest to design the building in 1961, but it was not inaugurated in 1992.
The library is built on the former site of the Palacio Unzué, which served as Argentina's presidential residence during the presidency of Juan Domingo Perón. Evita Perón died in the residence.
There is an excellent view of the city from the fifth floor, beside the reading room. Visitors should take some form of identification to gain access.
What to look for: the avenues Libertador and Figueroa Alcorta, the parks, port and the river.