Plaza Francia

Pleasant green space in Recoleta designed by landscaper Charles Thays.

This pleasant green space is the perfect place to stop for a rest while sightseeign. It's named after its central monument From France to Argentina, which was donated by the city’s French community to mark the centennial of Argentina's May Revolution in 1910.

The scultpture's three central marble figures represent Science, Industry, Agriculture and the Arts. Four bronze bas-reliefs evoke events central to the history of both countries: the first Argentine government, or "Priimera Junta" and San Martín's crossing of the Andes into Chile, in the case of Argentina, and the storming of the Bastille and the declaration of independence in the case of France. The two female figures that crown the column represent France and Argentina, guided by an angel representing glory. The plaques around the monument recall the grenadier Domingo Porteau, who died during the Battle of San Lorenzo in the fight for Argentina's independence, as well as the French writer Émile Zola.

A sculpture by Djibilian Lazaro depicts Louis Braille, creator of the tactile writing system.

Feria de Plaza Francia

Actually held in nearby Plaza Intendente Alvear, which is often misakenly named Plaza Francia, this weekend craft fair is run by artisans and sells original handmade crafts made by the stallholders themselves, including items made from ceramics, leather, wood, metal and wool. You'll find the fair close to Recoleta Cemetery on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, 11.00am - 8.00pm.

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