IFSSH & IFSHT / Buenos Aires

SAN TELMO

One of Buenos Aires oldest neighbourhoods, San Telmo was home to some of the city’s wealthiest families, until a plague of yellow fever forced them to abandon their elegant homes in 1871.

Although San Telmo later become a melting pot of different nationalities as succeeding waves of European immigrants made their homes here in these houses which were called "conventillos" (big dwellings inahabitted by many families sharing the same kitchen, patios and bathrooms) ; many of those old houses are still standing. Later still they became the homes of artists and musicians who moved to this atmospheric neighbourhood in the 1950’s.

 San Telmo is still a hive of cultural centres, small theatres, cozy cafes, and authentic tango halls; it is still like a village at the heart of Buenos Aires.