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Plaza de Mayo
Buenos Aires

A Praça de Maio encontra-se no chamado microcentro portenho, no bairro de Monserrat. Tem forma aproximadamente retangular e está delimitada pelas ruas Hipólito Yrigoyen, Balcarce, Bernardino Rivadavia e Simón Bolívar. Da praça saem avenidas de grande importância como a Avenida de Maio, que liga a Praça de Maio à Praça do Congresso, e as avenidas Diagonal Sur (Avenida Presidente Julio A. Roca) e Diagonal Norte (Avenida Roque Sáenz Peña). Três linhas do Metrô de Buenos Aires tem estações na Praça ou próximo a ela: Plaza de Mayo (línea A), Catedral (línea D) e Bolívar (línea E), o que, junto com as várias paradas de ônibus (autocarros), conectam a praça com toda a cidade.

Ao seu redor encontram-se vários dos principais monumentos da cidade, como o Cabildo histórico, a Casa Rosada (sede do Poder Executivo da Argentina), a Catedral Metropolitana de Buenos Aires, o edifício do Governo da cidade de Buenos Aires e a casa central do Banco Nación.

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