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The most famous square in Buenos Aires is the Plaza de Mayo. This is not only the heart of the city but also the political heart of Argentina: protests take place here every week. One of the most famous demonstrations is the one by the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. The square is framed by monumental buildings of great cultural, historic and political importance.
The name Plaza de Mayo (May Square) refers to the date that Argentina became independent from Spain on 25 May 1810. The stately white pillar in the middle of the square, the Pirámide de Mayo, is a monument that marks this important day. The monument is surrounded by gardens and footpaths, perfect for a romantic stroll, especially at night when the area is beautifully illuminated.