Diagonal Norte in Buenos Aires Downtown: a 100 Years Old Avenue

Diagonal Norte Buenos Aires

Diagonal Norte, officially called President Roque Sáenz Peña Ave., is one of the major arteries of Buenos Aires city. It also is a symbol of the architectural modernization of the city at the beginning of the 20th century.

A Parisian inspiration

In 1907 the city of Buenos Aires asked Joseph Bouvard, director of the City Hall of Paris, to open two diagonal avenues from Plaza de Mayo, following the same pattern as the French capital. President Roque Sáenz Peña Ave. takes its name from the man who was Argentina’s President from 1910 to 1914. Under his presidency was established the universal and anonymous suffrage, for men only.     

Diagonal Norte main attractions

Diagonal Norte links up the Presidential Palace (Casa Rosada), head of the executive power, to the Supreme Court, head of the judicial powers. It is an outstanding avenue that features a great number of beautiful buildings in a quite cohesive style. In Plaza Lavalle, where the Avenue begins, you will see the Palace of the Supreme Court, Lavalle’s Monument and Julio Argentino Roca School. Pass through the Obelisk and discover a long row of beautiful buidings: Edificio Dorrego (Art Déco), Edificio Volta (Alejandro Bustillo), Hotel Continental (Alejandro Bustillo), Edificio Bencich (Édouard Le Monnier), Edificio Tornquist (Alejandro Bustillo) and the Edificio Banco de Boston, among others.


From Palo Santo Hotel, take metro line D towards Catedral. Get off at Tribunales stations to start your tour of Diagonal Norte. The metro stations is located just at Plaza Lavalle.

Diagonal Norte, Buenos Aires

DIagonal Norte Buenos Aires

Diagonal Norte Buenos Aires

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