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Founded in 1573, Córdoba is Argentina's second largest city. Although there has been massive development in recent years, much of the old colonial vestiges remain. A fine collection of churches and colonial buildings survive from this period, including the 17th century Cabildo (town hall), the Romanesque Iglesia Cathedral and the Jesuit Iglesia de la Compañía, the oldest surviving church in Argentina, built in 1622. The Museo Histórico Provincial Marqués de Sobremonte is one of the most important historical museums in the country.
The Jesuit influence is clear within the scenic mountain interior, which is scattered with colonial churches, hermitages and interesting towns. Many are well prepared for tourists, with hotels, restaurants and festivals keeping the Jesuit and gaucho traditions alive.
Cordoba has long been considered the cultural centre of Argentina, being the home of famous writers from the last century such as Leopoldo Lugones, Arturo Capdevila and Marcos Aguinis. The city is also home to the Caraffa Fine Arts Museum and the Evita Fine Arts Museum, as well as the Paseo del Buen Pastor, a cultural centre containing an art gallery, a fine wine shop, artisanal cheese shop, and other craft and artisan stalls.
Cordoba is also known as La Docta because of its many scientific institutes and universities, including the National Technological University. With a student population of around 200,000, it's no wonder that Cordoba has some of the liveliest nightlife in Argentina.
Due it its position in the geographic centre of the country, Cordoba is easily reached by plane, bus, rail or car, and makes a good stopping point on the journey from Buenos Aires to the Andean Northwest. Outside of the city, travellers can continue their holiday in the Sierras de Cordoba, a hill district featuring beautifully-situated resorts and the Quebrada del Condorito National Park.
Cordoba is located right in the middle of Argentina, in the foothills of the Sierras Chicas. The climate is humid subtropical, but the area is kept cool by cold winds originating in Antarctica that blow through, known as the Pampas winds. The four seasons are distinct and bring varied weather. In summer, starting in November and lasting until March, the days get as hot as 99°F (37°C). This season is also the least rainy, and a good time to visit the area. Winters settle in from May until September, chilling down to as low as 39°F (4°C).
Public transport in Cordoba revolves around the excellent bus network. Buses are comfortable, cover most of the city and are a good way to get around Cordoba. The compact city centre is best explored on foot in order to fully enjoy its splendour. Taxis are also available in town. However, visitors planning to explore outside of the city itself should consider hiring a car.
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