El Cabildo © HalloweenHJB
Opposite the Casa Rosada on the Plaza de Mayo is the resplendent former Spanish town hall, the Cabildo, a fascinating old colonial building fronted by arches that once encircled the plaza, back during the May Revolution in 1810. While the building's construction originally began in 1610, it was almost immediately too small. Construction and changes were ongoing well into the 1800's, and the building was finally completed in 1894.
The guards outside the building are members of the revered Regimiento de Patricios, which was formed in 1806, and the changing of the guard every hour is a popular attraction. They still wear the traditional uniforms they have donned for nearly 200 years.
The interior houses a small museum, which displays some interesting architectural relics, religious icons and watercolour paintings by Enrique Pellegrini, and it is all furnished in colonial period pieces. The views from the Cabildo's windows are some of the best of the Plaza de Mayo. A crafts market is hosted on the back patio on Thursdays and Fridays, from 11am to 6pm.
Address: Calle Bolivar 65
Telephone: +54 11 4342 6729
Opening times: Tuesday to Friday 10:30am-5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10:30am-6pm.