Lezama Park

San Telmo
Lezama Park, located in the San Telmo neighborhood, is one of the many traditional walks in Buenos Aires, and home to the National Historical Museum. Some historians believe that in this place the first foundation of the city was made by Pedro de Mendoza in 1536, abandoned a year later by famine, disease and the hostility of the Querandi tribes.

The land belonged to different owners, until in 1857 it was bought by the Salta landowner Gregorio Lezama, who imported exotic trees and plants and hired European landscapers to design one of the most luxurious private gardens of the time. His widow, Ángela Álzaga, sold the land to the commune in 1894 on the condition that it become a public walk with her husband's name.

The park has several sculptures, monuments (among which the one of Pedro de Mendoza, the first founder of the city of Buenos Aires, stands out), an amphitheater, a viewpoint and a fountain, which have been valued since 2012 by the Government from the city. In its surroundings you will find: on Defensa street, the National Historical Museum declared in 1897 that it was the large house that Lezama inhabited in the 19th century; In front of the park stands the Russian Orthodox Church (Brazil 315), recognizable by its Muscovite style and its blue domes, the work of the architect Alejandro Christophersen. At the corner of Brasil and Defensa are two notable bars in the city: El Británico and El Hipopótamo.