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Luxury Travel Cordoba Argentina

Luxury Travel Cordoba Argentina Cordoba, Argentina, was founded on July 6th 1573 by Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera, promoted in 1571 by Spanish Viceroy Francisco de Toledo from his position as administrator and mayor of Potosi to the governor of Tucuman, responsible for Spanish exploration and colonization of new lands in the Americas. The name of Cordoba was a direct tribute to Cordoba in Spain in recognition of the similarity between the two places with regards to the lush vegetation, fertile soil and abundance of rivers, and at the same time, was a fulfillment of a promise made by Cabrera to his wife to honor the land of her birthplace and of her ancestors. With the birth of the city in such a spirit of conquest and romance, it is perhaps not surprising that Cordoba is also known for its “wilder” nature of rebellion. The University Reform of 1918, a push to democratize academics, was started by students of the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, a movement that would eventually result in the universities of Argentina obtaining independent governance. In 1969, the “Cordobazo” Uprising, involving a general strike by students and members of the working and middle class against the regime, also took place here. The Universidad Nacional de Córdoba is the oldest and most august university in Argentina, and the second oldest university in the south Americas. A prominent part of Cordoba’s development in terms of its history and cultural infrastructure is the role played by Jesuit priests, who were, in point of fact, also the founders of the national university (which begun as a seminary school) in addition to all else that they accomplished in the city. Cordoba has some of the best-maintained colonial architecture in the region, and many of these buildings were prayer houses constructed by the priests in their attempt to convert a large indigenous population, the Comechingones, to Catholicism. From Jesuit directives also came some of the most distinctive buildings of Argentina today: Estancias, agricultural plantations or ranches that were “uilt extensively in Cordoba during the Jesuit period as training and employment grounds for Indian labor. Many of these estancias are now holiday homes and ranches, an accommodation option to tourists looking for something more atypical and with extremely local flavor. Notably, it is in Cordoba that the gaucho spirit of  Argentina arguably lives on the strongest. This traces back to history in the 16th century, when Cordoba was the main designated ground for horses to be bred and sent to Peruvian silver mines. Partly also to do with the gorgeous geography of Cordoba, with its green hills and clear streams, horse-riding in Cordoba took on—and still maintains —a certain aura of romanticized nostalgia. Horses bred on estancias today also happen to have the reputation of being extremely well-mannered, responsive and steady-footed, as befitting the image that comes to mind of the tall, strong and sensitive four-footed companions of the age-old prototypical Argentine cowboy. Another sparkling remainder of colonial architecture is the spectacular Cathedral Church, a national historical monument most famously comprising the Silver Shrine. Constructed in 1804, the shrine houses the remains of Dean Funes, a much-celebrated local priest and writer at the turn of the 19th century. Jesuit monasteries abound in Cordoba, and there is even one where an apparently natural phenomenon has been witnessed—the floor tiles of the building appear to have been dislodged from what was surely an original neat laying-out, and instead, float (somewhat in place) in the air. Cordoba combines well with Northwestern Argentina. We can also list plenty of reasons why you shouldn’t miss out on Argentinian Patagonia.

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