It is one of the most elegant and expensive residential areas Buenos Aires. It is characterized by its French style, with large green spaces, exclusive avenues with first class restaurants and bars. At the beginning, this neighbourhood was formed by small farms and ranches. In the early 17th Century the area was donated by a couple to priests of the Recollect order. In addition to the name, the monks contributed to the construction of the neighbourhood convent and the Church of Pilar which had a vital importance to the development of the place. The yellow fever epidemic brought many wealthy families to La Recoleta, which helped to define the style of the neighbourhood, with the construction of palaces and mansions, surrounded by majestic gardens.