Location: Defensa St. with Humberto I. San Telmo.
It used to be called Plaza de la Residencia first and Plaza the Comercio later on and it is the second oldest plaza in Buenos Aires. It has been witness to many momentous historical events, one of them being, the recognition of Independence by the People in 1816.
Since 1745 the grounds were used for the concentrations of cart wagons bringing produce into the city.
Fair San Pedro Telmo
The fair started in 1970 sponsored by the Museum of the City which intended it to be an open air art space. The merchandise sold here usually comes from old houses in the city. The success of the fair gave more life to the neighbourhood and it soon became one of the most visited places in the city by Argentines and foreigners alike.
There are currently few open air markets in the world that exclusively deal with antiques, relics and old articles. The fair brings together 270 stalls and about 10 thousand visitors each sundays from 10.00 to 17.00 hs., one can find record players, records, old clothing, jewelry, silverware, watches, post cards, calendars, books, lamps, and an endless amount of curiosities. Visitors mix with Street artists (musicians, singers, mimes, tango dancers, etc.) and restaurants and bars in the vicinity put tables on the sidewalks.
The buildings around the Plaza date back to the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th Century. There are also quite a few old building, churches, museums, and schools around the place.