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Mercado San Telmo, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Markets are popular destinations for travelers and I’ve visited many of them during my travels.  Today I’d like to share with you the Mercado de San Telmo, a large and historic market in Buenos Aires.

One hundred and fifty years ago San Telmo was the most upscale barrio in Buenos Aires but it was mostly abandoned by its wealthy citizens during a yellow fever epidemic in the late 19th century, its residents moving more inland to neighborhoods extending from Recoleta to El Tigre.  Poorer people moved in to the abandoned homes which were usually subdivided into apartments and rented out.  Today, San Telmo is a state of “elegant decay” — beautiful crafted old buildings which are neglected and in need of …

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