Argentina travel blog by Mark Berman -
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Argentina is a country already full of statues, monuments and busts. Restistencia is a city in the north / east that has taken this factor a step
further with 154 works (mainly sculptures) commissioned and scattered throughout its parks, plazas, streets and avenues. They call Resistencia
'The City of Sculptures'. I came to Resistencia by bus from Posadas (just over 5hrs and stopping briefly in Corrientes). It's a good halfway
point between Posadas and Asuncion (Paraguay) where I would be heading the next day.
Modern Not Historic
Resistencia is more modern than historical, it was founded
quite recently in historical terms - 1878. The city is centered around Plaza 25 de Mayo, as is the cathedral - Parroquia San Fernando. Inside
this grassy plaza (park) you will find monuments of Argentine general Jose de San Martin, Maria Eva Duarte de Peron (Evita), General Antonio
Donovan Atkins (1849-1897), military leader Martin Miguel de Guemes and ceramist Fernando Arranz (1897-1967).
Looking for the Sculptures
In the streets in the blocks
surrounding the plaza is where you will find many of the cities sculptures. So off I went to explore the streets and look for some of them. Of
course I won't list them all but I will say that they are mostly made from stone, bronze, wood, iron and marble / ceramic etc.
Hot and Humid in April
Resistencia is a
very hot and humid place in early April, talk about sweat! I took a break between the mid-afternoon and early evening and headed out again after
dark for some more exploring and night photography. I also had food on my mind and there are plenty of eating places and shops in the central area.
At Least 7 Museums
There are at least 7 museums in the city - fine arts, communication, indigenous, sculptures, history etc.
There is a city tour which takes you to some of the museums and other locations with Chaco
Bus to Asuncion - Paraguay
I enjoyed my short time in Resistencia and was now looking forward to my 3rd time in Paraguay! Early morning I took a taxi
to the terminal and took a bus 4hrs north to Clorinda on the Argentinian side of the border with Asuncion. From there into central Asuncion
took another 2hrs. Resistencia is a lot closer to the capital of Paraguay (Asuncion) than its own capital (Buenos Aires
) 1000kms south.