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El Zanjon de Granados

Calle Defensa 755 | San Telmo, Buenos Aires C1065AAM, Argentina
+54 11 4361-3002
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Restoration of a derelict building revealed surprising subterranean treasures

In 1985 rich businessman Jorge Eckstein bought a derelict building in San Telmo, intending to turn... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David M
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London
MUST SEE in Buenos Aires

This is an absolute jewel in Buenos Aires - if you are doing the San Telmo markets, you might even... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
CameronDargaville
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Calle Defensa 755 | San Telmo, Buenos Aires C1065AAM, Argentina
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+54 11 4361-3002

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Reviewed 1 week ago

In 1985 rich businessman Jorge Eckstein bought a derelict building in San Telmo, intending to turn it into a restaurant. But the further his workmen dug, the more was revealed of Buenos Aires' history. The house is now a private museum that offers a microcosm...More

1  Thank David M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an absolute jewel in Buenos Aires - if you are doing the San Telmo markets, you might even walk past the entrance - you won't even know it's there. It is the most stunning, impeccably restored caving and excavation under the city undertaken...More

Thank CameronDargaville
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As BA prides itself as the 'Paris of South America', much of its earlier history is not so easy to be found for English-speaking tourists. However, the English-speak tour of El Zanjon (which has limited hours) provides a comprehensive overview of Argentina's earliest history through...More

1  Thank graymond917
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Sunday find while walking thru the Flea Market in San Telmo. Enjoyed a professional Archaelogists tour of an ongoing dig. To think all of these homes were built over these tunnels is phenomenal. The fact that you can enjoy a venue at this property is...More

Thank Victoria C
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

Found this on a rainy Sunday while passing through the flea market. Glad we did. Excellent guide telling us about part of Buenos Aires history. Surprised no one has recommended it to us. Well worth the price of 200 pesos. And in an area of...More

1  Thank Time4aHoliday
Reviewed 17 September 2017

My partner has an interest in architecture so I pushed for us to visit here on our last day in Buenos Aires. The building is spectacular and the refurb has been done fantastically. The tour guide was fascinating and gave us such a great insight...More

2  Thank Sian S
Reviewed 17 August 2017

Easy to get to in San Telmo on Defensa St. You need to ring the bell to access into this building around the scheduled tour times. We went on our last day and were suprised no one had reccommended we go!? Very good ! Excellent...More

2  Thank Angela G
Reviewed 20 July 2017

What a terrific way to get a sense of BA's history over the past few centuries. The site is archaeologically fascinating, and gives a great sense of how people have lived in BA during various periods of the city's history: early colonial era, wealthy 19th...More

1  Thank John H
Reviewed 24 June 2017 via mobile

This private museum is well worth a visit. The tour takes about 1 hour - be aware that the tours are generally English or Spanish, so check the website for which language is at what time (the day we went English was at noon, 2...More

Thank MikeC1101
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

The scale of this magnificently restored building can't be captured on camera. This is a place to simply enjoy without worrying about how to frame it for social media. In 1985 chemical engineer Jorges Eckstein bought the dilapidated 19th century home in 1985 with a...More

Thank Theo C
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dark in the milongas (dance parties) attended by both
locals and visitors alike, who dance until the wee
hours of the morning. During the day, the antique
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