Originally known as “Altos de San Pedro Telmo” (Spanish for San Pedro Telmo High), the primary maritime port of Buenos Aires had been located here.
Up till 19th Century, San Telmo was the choice of the most wealthy families in town. In 1871, the Yellow Fever epidemic forced them to evacuate to the northern are of the city. During the Sixties (20th Century) most renowned plastic artists placed their ateliers in San Telmo, bewildered by its architectonic style and historic and spirit. Many antiques sales men also settled in this neigbourhood.
Main Visiting and Sightseeing Places: • Russian Orthodox Church • Argentinian Penitentiary Museum “Antonio Ballvé”, also the first women´s prision • Dane Church • “Viejo Hotel” Gallery • Municipal Museum of Modern Art • National Museum of History • La Defensa Passage • The thinnest house in Buenos Aires, “The Minimal house” • Cnel Manuel Dorrego Square, also known as San Telmo Square • The Antique Street Fair (opens Sun 10am to 5pm) These varied attractions and spirits far from making an entanglement, have produced a bohemian halo available for people from every corner of the planet and no matter what age to experience in San Telmo´s bars, live jazz and tango music performances and street artists.