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El Zanjon de Granados

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Address: Calle Defensa 755 | San Telmo, Buenos Aires C1065AAM, Argentina
Phone Number: +54 11 4361-3002
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A beautifully preserved multi-level house with an excellent tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the house, Buenos Aires, and the seemingly the world writ large. A... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Yangon, Yangon, Myanmar
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautifully preserved multi-level house with an excellent tour. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the house, Buenos Aires, and the seemingly the world writ large. A great stop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On our trip to Buenos Aires, we had the privilege of visiting this amazing site. The story is striking - Jorge Eckstein bought the property with the idea of creating a restaurant but, in the process of renovation discovered the tunnels running under the home. He abandoned the idea of building the restaurant and lovingly restored the property to showcase... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Turned up for the 2pm English tour on a weekday, paid our 200 pesos each (which at the time I thought was expensive) and then found out we were the only 2 people on the tour. The house was lived in by a wealthy family in the 1800s then in 1910 it was turned into tenements before being abandoned in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

We took the English language tour and our guide was fantastic, really setting the scene and bringing the history to life. The renovation has been superbly done throughout, and the tunnels under the house (and rest of the street) are just amazing. Really worth a visit to give you an appreciation of the history of the San Telmo area. Highly... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

From the very moment you enter this place the employees and guides are very polite with foreign tourists, more even so than when dealing with the nationals. The whole restored house and its tunnels are truly attractive and the restoration has been done as in any first world country archeological site. The tour guide in English is NOT Argentine, he... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We have visited Buenos Aires 5 times and love the city. Our favorite and yet not fully discovered site, is El Zanjon. If you love history, architecture, design there is something for you. The people were also wonderful. Make sure you make a reservation!!!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Beautiful setting; it is a wonderful composite that is part archaeological dig, and part art gallery. Tour guide (in English) was very knowledgeable about even minute details of the history of the site specifically, and Buenos Aires in general. Highly recommended to anyone spending even a couple of days in BA.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

El Zanjon, in the San Telmo neighborhood of Buenos Aires, is a fascinating way to learn more about the history of how Buenos Aires grew and evolved. This structure is a restored building that helps visitors understand the different waves of building, immigration and cultural change over the past few centuries in BA. Originally built as a single large home... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We had read about El Zanjon but the write-ups didn't do justice to this historical landmark. Beautifully preserved, this site tells the story of early Buenos Aires to the modern city. Our guide, Alejandra, was an extrodinary docent. She provided phenomenal historic perspective of this old home and the tunnels beneath it. This tour is a must if you are... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

I'm one more person that can't understand why this is not one of the top five places to visit. You can go to gallery's anywhere to see history on display or you can come here and stand inside it. This is an archeologicaly displayed 1830' s mansion on top of a previous house and a diverted river bed. The attention... More 

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San Telmo
Characterized by cobblestones and narrow streets, San Telmo is defined by the tango, the dance that made Buenos Aires world-famous. Tango is a fusion of many different cultures: a true child of immigration, much like the city itself. Nowadays, it comes alive after dark in the milongas (dance parties) attended by both locals and visitors alike, who dance until the wee hours of the morning. During the day, the antique shops and classic cafés and bars around Plaza Dorrego dominate the scene. The emblematic Bar Plaza Dorrego, with its green awnings, checkered tile floors, and wooden interiors, takes you back in time the moment you step inside. For true porteño traditions, San Telmo is the place to be.
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