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Biblioteca Nacional

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Address: Aguero 2502, Buenos Aires, Argentina
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+54 11 4808-6000
09:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 09:00 - 21:00
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This huge, modern National Library stores a massive volume of books and...

This huge, modern National Library stores a massive volume of books and offers a spectacular view of Buenos Aires from its reading rooms on the top two stories.

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Great building

This is a very special building. So don't miss it, if you're in the neighborhood. It's near malba and green areas

Reviewed 25 February 2016
Line L
Haderslev, Denmark
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Reviewed 1 July 2016

I took the Thursday tour with Susan. This woman knows so many things, and she knows how to communicate her passion! I didnt expect it to be, but this tour will remain one of my favorite experience in the city. She made want to read and learn so much more. I took hundreds of tours in my life, but this... More 

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Reviewed 12 March 2016 via mobile

You'll either love it or hate it, but you definitely can't miss it! This brutalist architectural style certainly stands out set amid Recoleta's late 19th/early 20th century European buildings. There are free tours most days. On the grounds of the library there are some pleasant places to sit in garden-like settings.

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Haderslev, Denmark
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Reviewed 25 February 2016

This is a very special building. So don't miss it, if you're in the neighborhood. It's near malba and green areas

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Reviewed 13 January 2016 via mobile

Visiting this beautiful brutalist concrete castle of books was one of the highlights of my trip to Buenos Aires. It makes a great day out excursion to if you combine the National Library of Argentina with a wander round nearby Cemetaria de Recoletas. The library is breathtaking. All those endless shelves of booked stacked in this wonderful building. Experience the... More 

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Reviewed 5 December 2015

An example of the Brutalist architectural style (inspired by the ideas and designs of the French architect Le Corbusier) the National Library can be explored either very quickly (if one has little time, one could explore for an hour or less for instance) or in further depth (over the course of a 4 hour tour, which is conducted by the... More 

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Reviewed 25 May 2015

You cannot miss this building when strolling by. The building embodies the brutalist movement in a most overwhelming way. The grounds immediately around the library were some of the least well kept I noticed in BA and the library did not appear to be in good repair.

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Reviewed 4 May 2015

I saw this building and wondered why it was built, because it's simply repulsive. I feel that it should be torn down since it's a waste of very valuable land.

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Reviewed 8 August 2014 via mobile

You will notice very easily the tall building if passing by av Las Heras or Libertador. Take some time to stop by, browse through the books and train your spanish.

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Reviewed 19 October 2013

Guess what, you can't take pictures inside the building... It's a library??? Front kiosk dude was rude, spanish only and didn't really want anything to do with tourists... Keep your spaceship library... moving on to the next attraction!

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Reviewed 19 June 2013

This place offers a decent view, a place to sit and read, and free guided tours. Not a must do, but a nice place to stop in for a break. You can also walk the area as it is nice.

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Characterised by the French-style mansions which are the legacy of its aristocratic past, Recoleta is the true “Paris of the South.” Walking around this neighbourhood is an experience like no other in Buenos Aires: its streets are lined with elegant apartment buildings, exclusive boutiques, and former mansions turned into high-end hotels and embassies, which exude an alluring air of sophistication and class. You'll also find a rich cultural scene centred on the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Library, and the Recoleta Cultural Center; as well as some great shopping spots, like the Buenos Aires Design Mall with an artists' fair set up in Plaza Francia every weekend.
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