Cordoba is Argentina's colonial capital, a picturesque
city of a million on the edge of a mountain range known as the Sierra Chica.
Because of its proximity to the mountains, Cordoba is a perfect base for excursions into
the natural beauty of the Andes, or even the Pampas 100 km to the south.
Prior to the rise of Buenos Aires, Cordoba was Argentina's center of arts and learning, a
place of scholars and priests, churches and universities. Though in terms of national
importance the city has fallen behind the capital, it still retains and independent spirit
and distinctive grace. Its name comes from the surrounding province, which embraces an
unusually scenic section of the Andes, the Sierras de Cordoba.
The Primero, or Suquia River forms Cordoba's main natural landmark. The physical center is
the Plaza San Martin, named after Argentina's great liberator and
the site of the city's cathedral. South of the Plaza is Calle Obispo Trejos, an easily
walkable avenue filled the some of the city's most illustrious colonial buildings
including the Church Compania de Jesus, which was built in 1645 and is known for its
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