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Cordoba Attractions and Things to See

Cordoba is situated in the heart of Argentina, in the foothills of the Sierras Chicas by the Suquira River, some 435 miles northwest of Buenos Aires, and the capital of Cordoba Province. It is the second biggest city in the country, with over a million inhabitants, founded in 1573 by Jeronimo Luis de Cabrera that named it after Cordoba, Spain; and one of the first Spanish colonial capitals that would become Argentina. Its Universidad Nacional de Cordoba is the oldest university in the nation, founded by the Jesuit order in 1613. The city has some of the most marvelous historical monuments in the nation that have been preserved from the Spanish colonialism period, but especially the structures built by the Roman Catholic church, and the most recognizable being the Jesuit Block that was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. It contains a group of structures that date from the 17th century that includes the Montserrat School and the colonial university campus that houses the historical museum of the university that is the second biggest in the country.

Naturally, it has to have a fantastic history and heritage, since it is almost five hundred years old, and considered one of the most culturally wealthy cities in the country. During the last century, near the beginning, literature would flourish, as well as the founding of numerous museums, like the Evita Fine Arts museum and the Caraffa Fine Arts museum. In 2007, the Paseo del Buen Pastor, would open as a splendid cultural center, with a wonderful art museum, and a large shopping mall that encourages local farmers and vendors to come and display and sell their products and wares.

The city has many musical venues, but the typical or most favorite is the cuarteto and can be enjoyed in many pubs and clubs, which feature many popular cuarteto singers. Other popular music styles include electro or electronic music, reggaeton, classical, pop, jazz and rock; which has added to the impression that it is called the Night life city or the city that never sleeps, since there are so many clubs and teenage matinees that are really dancing clubs. Much better than hanging out on the corners or causing mischief among the tourists that visit this unique city.

There are many monuments that have been preserved from the colonial period, with an impressive Jesuit Cathedral located near the Plaza San Martin, whose altar is made of stone and silver from Potosi. Each of the beautiful ornaments in the church is made of gold and the roof painted in different images from the Bible. Another significant historic structure that is adjacent to the church is the Cabildo, or colonial government house; with the Jesuit Block, university, Monserrat school and the church of the Society of Jesus are other excellent attractions to visit.

Cordoba has many exciting and interesting festivals, like the Carnival that has children throwing water balloons at each other, or the Friends Day that happens in July and has the majority of the teenagers going to the parks, the nearby city of Villa Carlos Pazz where they can indulge in concerts, dancing, heading downtown or enjoying the beauty of the river bank. You can reach the city by plane arriving at the Pajas Blancas International Airport and rent a car there or try a taxi that could prove expensive, although there are local buses that will take you where you want to go, but not right to your door, or that impressive restaurant you might have heard about. The streets are filled with signs of the old colonial architecture, mixed with modern structures, along with many parks and green areas like Sarmiento Park that had been designed in the 19th century and provides a magnificent green space that is where locals come to relax and people watch.

Since the city lies in the midst of an agricultural belt, it gets fresh fruits, vegetables and meat daily to supply the numerous restaurants and cafes that serve outstanding cuisine. Like the rest of the country, it serves the traditional asado, locro and stew with corn as a main ingredient and meats, with empanadas and lomito or skirt steak sandwiches that are favored by the locals. Banga cauda, the anchovy dip for vegetables and bread is quite popular, that was brought here by the Italian immigrants. The Argentine wine is enjoyed with all the meals and dishes offered, so be prepared for some excellent vintages.