Monserrat or Montserrat is a neighbourhood in the east of the Buenos Aires CBD. Avenida de Mayo runs through the Monserrat district, connecting Plaza de Mayo, a block, or two, south of the Plaza de Mayo, the older section of Monserrat begins. The Monserrat area traces its origins to the foundation of Buenos Aires itself, the Fort of Juan Baltazar of Austria, the marginal settlements first, was built in 1594 and, in 1608, newly arrived Jesuits were granted a 2-hectare lot, nearby. The Jesuits began work on the Saint Ignatius Church in 1686, consecrated in 1734, it is the oldest existing church in Buenos Aires. Possessing the finest school and library at the time and offering colonial Buenos Aires only truly classical education there, land reclamation and the creation of docks parallel to the area led to the construction of Paseo Colón along Monserrats eastern edge. The areas two adjoining squares became the Plaza de Mayo in 1884, a joined by the completion of the presidential executive building. This was followed by the razing of colonial architecture to make way for the Avenida de Mayo, opened in 1894 and Congressional Plaza. The avenue became home to the Buenos Aires Metros first stations, map of Monserrat The Illuminated Block The Casa Rosada Official city web site Avenida de Mayo Unofficial Monserrat guide with pictures and sightseeings
Image: Monserrat montage
Buenos Aires City Legislature. The Monserrat area houses much of the city's (and Argentina's) governmental structure.