The Guy on the 2 Peso Note

2009.Jul.05 Sunday · 0 comments

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“At [San Martín] 336 there is a relic of the old city – although repeatedly refurbished during the 19th and 20th centuries, the simple and austere Museo Bartolomé Mitre was the home where Mitre lived, created La Nación, and died. The museum is interesting for Mitre-istas and historians – the most peculiar is the vast library of the multifaceted Mitre, to which it is worth throwing a glance just to realize that he was the most cultured general in Argentine history. For the casual tourist it is most interesting to see the rooms, the furniture, the mementos and personal objects of one of Argentina’s greatest figures of the 19th century – the only one with his “own press”. That also explains the huge historical archive, a meeting hall for Mitré-philes, and a wall on the terrace with a profuse example of ‘plaque-mania’.”

– translation from BUE: Guia del Viajero, by Diego Bigongiari

Buenos Aires – I’m going to leave this one as a series of photos – the above translation gives you about as much information as I have on the Museo Bartolomé Mitre, or on him. The library, is, indeed, impressive, with a bit over 1,800 books. Only problem is the taking of photos – permitted without flash, but almost every room has a searingly bright chandelier of some sort in it which washes over the photos and even makes it hard to really see detail (in photo or in person) in the rooms.

Museo Bartolome Mitre

Museo Bartolome Mitre

Museo Bartolome Mitre

Museo Bartolome Mitre

Museo Bartolome Mitre

Museo Bartolome Mitre

Museo Bartolome Mitre

Museo Bartolome Mitre

Museo Bartolome Mitre

Museo Bartolome Mitre

Museo Bartolome Mitre

Museo Bartolome Mitre

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