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What to do in Córdoba

Córdoba was founded 441 YEARS AGO ON THE 6th of July OF 1573 by Jerónino Luis De Cabrera. This city is the second-largest city in Argentina. Beyond the historic center, Córdoba is a city with all the conveniences of a modern metropolis of 1.300.000 inhabitants.

It is considered young and trendy due to its large student population, revolutionary for its history but an industrial and thriving metropolis as well. The city has received the nickname of “the Docta” referring to the doctor degree because the National University of Córdoba, founded in 1613, is the first institution of higher education in Argentina and one of the oldest in Latin America.

All of historical buildings included in what’s called the Jesuit Block (Spanish: Manzana Jesuítica), were declared as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2000 for its beauty and importance in Argentinian history. The “cordobes” (people from Córdoba) are famous for being easy-going, extroverted, good tempered and friendly.

What do you know about Córdoba?

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San Martin Square – City Center
It is the original and social center of Córdoba. It was built in 1577 in colonial times where bull runs and religious processions were common. In 1916 it changed the name to Plaza San Martin when the statue of General Jose de San Marti, Argentina’s “Liberator”, was settled. The plaza is a nice place to spend some time relaxing on a bench under the shade of a tree people watching. It is also a good place to start a tour of the city.

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Cathedral
This majestic building is one of the most important points of the catholicism in Córdoba. Around the same block several churches can be found what gave Cordoba the name of “the bells city”.
The Cathedral facade shows different styles but the main influence is the neo -baroque style. The interior is very impressive it was decorated with frescoes and murals painted in the early 20s giving it a lavish style.

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Provincial Memory Archive
Located in the old House of the cabildo along santa catalina passage. This building, also known as the D2, used to be the provincial police’s intelligence department. During the last coup d’etat was one of the CDC (clandestine detention center) symbol of repression exercised by state terrorism. Nowadays it was restored by the provincial memory commission becoming an important venue in local and national history.

CabildoHistoric Cabildo (Town Hall)
This house was the center of the political and modern life of the city. It was the Cabildo (city hall) during colonial times, jail, legislature, goverment house, central pólice, etc.Today is one of the most visited museuns and cultural center. there is also a tourist information office there.
Córdoba’s tourist information center, in the Cabildo (www.cordobaturismo.gov.ar), offers hotel and restaurant information and distributes small city maps. It’s open daily from 8am to 8pm in summer, with shorter hours in winter. There are also branches at the airport and at the bus station.They also provide information and maps on the entire region, such as La Falda or La Cumbre.

Peatonal Walking Streets (peatonales)
Tourist can go around the pedestrian streets that link San Martin square with the commercial area. They started in the 40s and now are more than 17 blocks including the “cuarteto walk of fame”. ‘Cuarteto’ is a popular local music created in the 70s from Italian rhythm.. nowadays it shows a fusion with various latin rhythm like salsa and cumbia. The streets are most of the time crowded because of the shops and business around and why not dancers, singers or artists offering a solo shows.

 

manzana The Jesuit Influence
The Jesuit Square is a historical site and was officially recognized as a Cultural Heritages in the year 2000. It contains the core buildings of the Jesuit system: the university, the church (Compañía de Jesus) and residence of the Society of Jesus, and the college, nowadays, the University of Córdoba (UNC) Argentina’s first University and one of the oldest in South America.

 

compania de jesus The Society of Jesus Church (Iglesia de la Compañía de Jesús 1640 – 1767)
the simplicity of its facade built principally in stone contrast with the interior decorated in wooden barrel-vault roof whose shapes reminiscent of an inverted ship’s hull, the retablo of the main altar and the pulpit being outstanding examples of Baroque. It is built in the same style as the other structures in the Jesuit Block.

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The National University Museum (Old building of the UNC)
The National University of Córdoba is the oldest university in Argentina and one of the continent’s longtime academic centers, the majority of rooms form part of the historical museum.

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National School of Montserrat
Built as an Old Jesuits’ border school, it opened in 1687, celebrated more than 300 years. Today is one of the country’s top public secondary schools which preserved a long legacy of students even more several national personalitites graduated in virtue and lettlers as the school’s motto.

Opening Hours

In Cordoba the majority of shops open around 9:30am until 8 pm. Some close between 1pm and 3pm. On Saturdays the shops open until 1:30 pm and shopping centers are open everyday from 10 am to 10 pm approximately.
Lunch time is from 1:30 to 3 pm and dinner is from around 9pm to midnight.

Bike path

the bike path is an area in the street exclusive for bicycles and pedestrian. Currently, Cordoba has a total of 110 km of bike trail.

How do I get to GreenGo Hostel?

From the Bus Station

Walking: Walk to Bv Arturo Illia in the direction of the city center, continue for 5 blocks and turn left onto Ituzaingo street. Walk up 50 mts and you will find us on the right hand side of the street.


By Taxi (yellow) or remis (green):
10 minutes approx. (It is advisable to ask/negotiate the price before taking the ride)

From the International Airport

By Taxi: 30 minutes. Aproximated cost $180

By Bus: Line 25. You need a Red Bus card that costs $5 plus the value of the trip which is currently $7.15 (Feb 2015). You can buy and recharge it at red bus ticket booths around the city. Go to http://www.red-bus.com.ar/BocasExpendio.php to check the closest sales points and http://www.lavoz.com.ar/que_me_lleva to check the line routes

From other provinces

From Buenos Aires by car:
National route 9, 11, 12, and 20

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