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Flores is a middle class barrio or district in the centre part of Buenos Airesmarker city, Argentinamarker. Flores was considered a rural area of the Province of Buenos Airesmarker until 1888 when it was integrated to the City.
The limits of the neighbourhood are marked by several streets and avenues: Portela, Cuenca, Av. Gaona, Av. Donato Alvarez, Curapaligüe, Av. Directorio, Av. Carabobo, Av. Castañares, Torres y Tenorio, Av. Riestra, Av. Perito Moreno, Av. Castañares, Lacarra and Av. Luis J. Dellepiane.

Flores was mainly composed of country houses from the wealthy people of the City of Buenos Aires. Today, remains of those houses can still be found, including the house owned by Juan Manuel de Rosas, the Governor of the Province around the 19th century.

One of the most prominent of these early homeowners in Flores was the Marcó del Pont family, descendants of a former Spanish governor of Chile. Purchasing property facing the new railway station (one of Argentina's first), they had a comfortable yet understated italianate property built in 1860. Relocating in 1929, the family sold the property and the estate fell into disrepair. Slated at one time for demolition, it eventually caught the attention of the San José de Flores Historical Society, who prevailed on the city to declare it a National Historic Monument, in 1976. Its fate now secure, as the home became the Marcó del Pont Cultural Center.

The neighbourhood's commercial areas are centered around the train station, Rivadavia Avenue, and the nearby parish church, Basílica de San José de Flores, dating from 1831 which has a romanticist architectural style.

A fictitious mythology of the neighborhood was created by author Alejandro Dolina, centered around the grey angel of Flores. A famous tango song, San José de Flores, centers around the sorrow of a man returning to the barrio after a long and tumultuous absence.

The Pueyrredón theatre was a famous ballroom, where tango vocalist Edmundo Rivero gained fame in the 1930s and was also an oft-used venue by early Argentine rock bands such as Almendra.

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File:Estadio_Pedro_Bidegain.jpg|Bidegain Stadium, home of the San Lorenzo de Almagro football teamFile:Estaci%C3%B3n_Flores.jpg|Flores Railway StationFile:Entrada Centro Cultural Marcó del Pont.jpg|Marcó del Pont Cultural CenterFile:Basílica San José de Flores.jpg|The Basilica of San José de Flores

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