The areas of Retiro and Recoleta are where Buenos Aires most clearly expresses its Parisian character, acquired in the early 20th century through its architectural styles and urban design. These northern districts are characterized by their European appearance, forested boulevards and attractive parks and have largely remained unchanged since the end of the 19th century.
Plaza San Martín is one of the best examples of the Belle Epoque era, being the place where the upper class families settled and built their impressive residences, at the turn of the century. Other spots which follow the French pattern include Palermo Chico, Alvear Avenue and Pellegrini square.
One of the most popular places to visit in the northern part of the city is the Recoleta Cemetery, where generations of the Argentine elite have been buried, including Evita Peron. Towering mausoleums and cobweb-covered statues line the streets of this vast cemetery.