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Rosario, Argentina:

Rosario

National Flag Memorial Rosario, Argentina

The city of Rosario is the third most important city of Argentina and the largest city in the province of Santa Fe. It is located on the center-east part of the country, south of the province of Santa Fe, and only 320 km from the capital city of Buenos Aires.

 

The city is at the shores of the Paraná river, one of the longest rivers in the world and the second longest river in South America after the Amazon. The river reaches up to 60 km in width and it splits into many arms, creating islands and wetlands. Rosario has everything a big city can offer, and at the same time, the absolute tranquility of the virgin islands in front of the city.

 

Rosario city in Argentina by the shores of the Paraná river

The Parana river borders the east side of the city. The port of Rosario, an inland port and a major goods-shipping center of Argentina, has played an important part in the city’s history. This water route is of great importance for transport and trade between Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay.


This radiant cosmopolitan city, located in an agricultural - livestock region, is the core of the most important industrial corridor in Argentina. The city keeps taking giant steps towards tourism and business due to its privileged location on the Paraná river banks.

 

The city offers excellent hotels, apart hotels, hostels, inns, casino, bars, pizza stores, resto - bars, restaurants, shoppings, malls, galleries, museums, theaters, movies, cultural centers, events & festivals, markets & crafts fair, parks, sports complexes, beaches and islands on the river banks.

 

The nearby towns of Pueblo Esther, Funes, Roldán, Granadero Baigorria and Andino are great getaways on weekends and holidays to relax and get away from the husle and bustle of the city.

 

Rosario-Victoria bridge over the Paraná river

Rosario has many land, aerial and rail connections. It has an international airport Islas Malvinas and a major port on the right banks of the Paraná river. The Port of Rosario is a key goods-shipping center of Argentina and the most important center of regional activity.

Rosario offers an interesting architectonic heritage of the 19th and 20th centuries with Art decó, Catalan modernism or Art Nnouveau, Rationalism, Baroque, Academism - Eclecticism and Neocolonial styles.


Tourist places to visit

I. NATIONAL FLAG MEMORIAL

National Flag Memorial Rosario and cannons
Rosario is known as the Cradle of the Argentine Flag since it was the place where the Argentine flag was created and first hoisted by the General Manuel Belgrano. On June 20, 1957, the anniversary of the death of Belgrano, a National Flag Memorial was inaugurated being the biggest monumental complex in the country and the only one in the world dedicated to a flag.

 

Flag Memorial nightshot Rosario Argentina

This monumental complex, built near the shore of the Paraná river, is the main symbol of Rosario and is laid out in the shape of a ship sailing towards the sea. The monument is composed of three main parts: the Tower as the bow of the ship, the Civic Courtyard as the midship of the ship, and the Triumphal Propylaeum as the stern of the ship.

 

a. Central Tower

Central Tower of the National Flag Memorial and scenic view of Rosario

The tower or mast, is 75 meters high (230 feet) and commemorates the Revolution of May 1810. It has a crypt on its base that was built to house Manuel Belgrano’s remains, the creator of the Argentine flag, but they were never transfered from the Santo Domingo Church in Buenos Aires. An elevator is available to shuttle you to the top of the tower where there is a viewing gallery to see the city and the Paraná river from this higher vantage point.

 

b. Civic Patio

National  Flag Memorial civic patio and tower

Represents the long struggle for independence and efforts of the organization of the state. This long and descending set of stairs, similar to a Greek stage, is used for massive open-air shows.

 

c. Triumphal Propylaeum

Votive flame and view of the Propylaeum from the tower

The Propylaeum, similar to a Greek temple for its many columns, represents the Nation as organized after the 1853 Constitution. It has an altar with a Votive flame, an Eternal flame that burns permanently in honor of the Unknown Soldier, located over an urn of the soldiers killed in the battle of San Lorenzo. Here begins the pedestrian passage called Pasaje Juramento (Oath Passage) flanked by statues by famous sculptress Lola Mora that connects to the Main Plaza.

 

Under the Propylaeum there is an Honor Room for the Flags of America. The entrance is free and there is an exhibition of flags, shields, flowers, earth and national hymns of all the American countries, included Spain and Italy, Argentina’s main European influences, as well as a souvenir shop.

 

Celebration at the National Flag Memorial

Flag Memorial public show at night
The Flag Memorial and the National Flag Park are the seat of the main celebrations of Flag Day on June 20. There’s a military and civic parade including the world’s longest flag (more than 10 km long), which is carried by citizens along the National Flag Park. The Vasallo Palace, located in front of the Flag Memorial, is the seat of the Legislative Branch.

 

II. HISTORIC CITY CENTER
The May 25 Square is the oldest part of the city, the starting point of the old village, Rosario’s first landmark and social centre. Rosario is one of the few Argentine cities that cannot point to a particular individual as its founder. The city’s patron is the Virgin of the Rosary and the Square is surrounded by the Cathedral Basilica Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Municipality Palacio de los Leones (Lions Palace) the seat of the executive branch represented by a Mayor, the Decorative Art Museum, the Central Post Office and an old building called La Bola de Nieve (the Snowball) with an Academism-eclecticism style.

 

The Square is named after the date (25 May 1810) of the May Revolution, which led to the establishment of the first local government in Buenos Aires. At the center of the plaza, there is a Column of Liberty (Columna a la Libertad), a monument dedicated to national freedom, with a Statue of Liberty on its top, made of Carrara marble. It’s surrounded by the statues of national heroes: José de San Martín, Argentina, Perú and Chiles’s liberator; Manuel Belgrano, the flag creator; journalist and independence activist Mariano Moreno, and the first Argentine president Bernardino Rivadavia.

The Oath Passage connects the Cathedral with the Flag’s MemorialBetween the Cathedral and the Municipality is the Pasaje Juramento (Oath Passage) that leads to the Flag Memorial. At both sides of the Oath Passage there are carrara marble sculptures of Lola Mora. Cordoba street, Rosario’s main avenue and famous pedestrian walk, begins in the Flag Memorial, the city’s commercial and financial urban center.



Nuestra Señora del Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary) Cathedral
The Cathedral is a magnificent temple dedicated to the Virgin of Rosario, the patron saint of Rosario. Rosario was born at the beginning of the 17th century and it does not have a clear foundation date. The city was named after the image of the Virgin of the Lady of the Rosary that was brought from Cádiz, Spain in 1773. It is placed at the basement of the cathedral in the chapel of the virgin. The Basilica is from the 19th century with a carrara marble altar originally from Italy. There are two pieces of art that stand out: the stained glass window above the wooden entrance in the porch, depicting the blessing of the Argentinean Flag in 1812, and the Stations of the Cross which are bronze reliefs by local sculptor Eduardo Barnes.



III. RIVER & ISLANDS

Virgin islands of the Parana river, Rosario, Argentina
The magic islands in fron of the city, covered by lush vegetation, offers a unique spot in the world where you can explore hundreds of islands, lagoons and observe a great biodiversity of native plants and birds such as the black cormorant, crested duck, white-faced whistling-duck, river rooster, kingfisher, yellow-billed cardinal, among others.

 

Virgin islands on the shores of the Paraná river in front of Rosario

Sailing or paddling in kayak as you do deeper into the jungle and the wonderful world of the islands and streams of the Paraná delta; camping in one of the islands and enjoy the peace and tranquility of the place, is no doubts whatsoever, an unforgettable experience.

 


Rosario-Victoria bridge

Rosario-Victoria bridge. Paraná river & islands

Rosario-Victoria bridge, Paraná river and islands

The Rosario - Victoria bridge, known as the bridge of the Mercosur (Common Market of the South) is a bioceanic corridor that links the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans. The principal bridge is 608 meters long and it has a total area of 60 km and 47 km of embankment on the islands of the high delta of the Paraná.

 

On the Rosario-Victoria bridge, Santa Fe, ArgentinaView of Rosario-Victoria bridge at sunset

This engineering work communicates the city of Rosario (province of Santa Fe) with the city of Victoria (province of Entre Ríos), improving goods-shipping exchange as well as the regional tourism of Santa Fe and Entre Ríos.

 


Victoria City

Victoria city in the province of Entre Ríos, Argentina

Located in the province of Entre Ríos, the colonial city of Victoria is famous for its ironwork handicraft, the Benedictines Monks Abbey, the Casino and the Hot Springs. It’s slopes and hills offer panoramic sights of the city and there are plenty of bathing resorts on the banks of the Paraná River.

 

 

 

IV. BEACHES
The north area of the city is the summer resort of the rosarinos, with public and private beaches, bars on the Rambla Cataluña boulevard to enjoy the river. The coast and La Florida resort, offers panoramic views of the Rosario-Victoria bridge and the city.

Costa Alta y Paseo del Caminante (Riverside walk)
This walk over the Paraná river bank, north of La Florida resort, has a 600 meters pedestrian walk and a pier for the launches, and it offers a panoramic view of the city, the islands and the river. The Santos Dumont Square is a spectacular viewpoint to the river.

 



V. PARKS

There are many parks in the city to enjoy in the open-air, ride bicycles, roller blade, run, stroll, walk or merry-go-round, or simply drink mate, Argentine national drink (a tea-like beverage consumed in Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and southern Brazil).

Parque Independencia (Independence Park)

Located in the heart of the city, it’s the largest park in Rosario and has many statues, sculptures, monuments, gardens, amusement park for kids, and a lake with a fountain to ride small boats.

 

Park in Rosario with a fountain show at sunset of dacing watersIndependence Park with a fountain show at sunset of dacing waters

Come to the park on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays at 7pm to enjoy the free show of Dancing Waters. The Ornamental fountain offers Dancing Waters with colorful lights, portraying an unforgettable show by combining water, multicolor lights and  music composed by musicians of Rosario.


Inside the park there are museums, sports institutions such as the soccer team C.A. Newell´s Old Boys, Club Gimnasia y Esgrima, Club Atlético Provincial, Municipal Stadium and the racecourse.

Parque de España (Park of
Spain)
The Spain Park Cultural Complex is set on the river banks of the Parana river offering a spectacular panoramic view of the river and the islands. It has a Cultural Complex, the Spain School, a theater, an amphitheater, and 5 tunnels of the ancient port, today used as expositions rooms. The park has a playground for kids, bars, restaurants and clubs in front of the river.

Parque Urquiza (
Urquiza Park)
This park on the river banks offer incredible landscapes, cannons, amphitheater, planetary, restaurants, bars and the modern residential Martin neighborhood. The Municipal Astronomical complex has an Observatory with Free admission: Wednesday to Sunday and national holidays from 20 to 21.30 pm. (clear sky).


Parque Nacional a la Bandera (National Flag Park) 

National Flag Park and Monument to the Fallen in Malvinas

The park holds the National Flag Monument and the Monument to the fallen in Malvinas. The Estación Fluvial (Fluvial Station) stands in front of the Flag Memorial, both connected through a civic plaza. The Fluvial Sation is an excellent balcony to the river with regular ferries to navigate the river and islands. The Fluvial Station also offer bars, restaurants and nightclubs. This area is part of the ancient port of Rosario, and every year, in early November, there is a National Celebration of Communities fest.

Parque de las Colectividades (Communities Park)
The park is located on the river banks of the center of the city, offers stunning views of the Paraná River, islands and the Rosario - Victoria bridge. It joins the Sunchales Park where the Museum of Contemporary Art (Macro) is located at the Davis Silos.


Parque Alem (Alem Park)
Located on the neighborhood of Arroyito, it’s set over the river with view to the islands. The land has a Swimming pool complex to enjoy in summer, kids playground, aquarium, a Municipal Camping and a jetty for fishers. The area also hosts the World Championship Club Rosario Central Sorrento power station.



VI. CULTURE

Rosario has an international artistic movement. Theaters, museums, exposition centers and festivals, are one of the many examples of the cultural environment that is breath on the streets of Rosario.

Rosario’s nightlife is famous for the countless bars, restaurants with an ample gastronomic offer, cafeterias, discos that you will find open every day of the week —some of them till the early hours of the morning—, and the beautiful women that are considered the most pretty from Argentina.

At night you can listen to jazz, tango, folklore and rock in bares, folk clubs and pubs.

Tango
: There are many shows to enjoy in thematic bars, and tango lessons for all levels both in open-air and closed areas.

Museums: Municipal Museum of Fine Arts Juan B. Castagnino, Historical Provincial Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum (Macro), Decorative Art Museum, Memory Museum, City Museum, Art at sight, Estévez Museum, Science Experimental Museum.

Theaters: La Comedia and El Círculo Theatre with it’s stunning architecture and excellent acoustics that places it among the greatest theaters in the world.

Soccer: Rosario is proud of its soccer clubs and talented players that succeeds in the best soccer teams in the world. Attending a classic soccer game between Newell’s Old Boys and Rosario Central is a show worth seeing.


Famous people
: many Argentine famous people are from Rosario such as Fito Páez, Juan Carlos Baglietto, Antonio Berni, José Cura, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Roberto Fontanarrosa, Alberto Olmedo, Lito Nebbia, Valeria Mazza, Marcelo Bielsa and Lionel Messi.

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Tours

Boat ride on the Parana river, Rosario, ArgentinaScenic Boat rides on the Parana river and islands


Trips to the Paraná Delta along the coast of Rosario city, beaches and resorts, islands, streams, lakes, camping areas, paradors and Rosario-Victoria Bridge.

 

Live the experience of sailing the second-longest river in South America!

Enjoy the city of Rosario from the river and the whole nature of the islands, visiting unimagined places.


TOURS

Stock Market Palacen in Rosario, ArgentinaHistoric & Cultural City Tour

City walking tour through the old part of the city of Rosario.

A great way to see Rosario is by walking approximately two hours along the most tourist and important spots in the city:

River Kayaking from Rosario city, ArgentinaKayaking trips in the Upper Parana River Delta

 

Rosario is located on the banks of the Paraná river and the best way to know it is by kayak and see the river from within.

 

Enjoy the full contact with the river and islands located in front of the city of Rosario with an ecosystem of great biodiversity.

Riding a bike around Rosario City
An original way to know Rosario is by bicycle.

 

Live on two wheels the most emblematic buildings of the city, monuments, neighborhoods, parks, stadiums, and the famous promenade of the river Paraná.

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