Santa Fe City Hall.
Santa Fe is the capital city
of province of Santa Fe, Argentina. It sits in northeastern Argentina, near the
junction of the Paran√° and Salado rivers.
Pedestrianized San Mart√≠n
opposite the city of Paran√°
to which it is linked by the Hernandarias Subfluvial
. The city is also connected by canal
with the port
on the Paran√° River. Santa Fe has
about 369,000 inhabitants as per the . The metropolitan area
has a population of
454,238, making it the ninth largest in Argentina.
Santa Fe is the commercial and transportation center for a rich
agricultural area that produces grain, vegetable oils
, and meats. The city is the seat
of the Catholic
University of Santa Fe (inaugurated in 1959), the National
University of the Littoral (first founded as the Provincial University in
1889, and which changed to its current name in 1919), several
museums, and a number of buildings erected during colonial
is linked to Rosario (170 km
to the south), the largest city in the province, by the Brigadier Estanislao
L√≥pez Highway and by National Route 11, which
continues south towards Buenos Aires.
Santa Fe railway station, 1905; today
the long distance bus station.
Santa Fe was originally founded in the nearby site of Cayast√°
(where there is an historical park
containing the burial place of Hernandarias
, the first
American-born governor in South
) in 1573. It was moved to the present site in 1653 due
to the constant flooding of the Cayast√° River. The city became
provincial capital in 1814, when the territory of the province of
Santa Fe was separated from the province of Buenos
Aires by the National
Constituent Assembly, held in the city in 1853.
A suspension bridge
in 1924, though severe flooding partially destroyed it in 1983 (a
second bridge, the Oro√Īo, was opened in 1971). The city's
historical role in the Argentine Constitution led national
lawmakers to choose it as the site of Constitutional Conventions in
Its location is still not immune to flooding, however. On April 29, 2003, the
Salado, which empties into the Paran√° near Santa
Fe, rose almost 2 m (6.5 ft) in a few hours following heavy
rainfall, and caused a catastrophic flood.
No fewer than
100,000 people had to be evacuated, and large sections of the city
remained under water more than a week later. That year, the
suspension bridge was reopened, and in 2008, the city's historic
grain silos were converted into the Los Silos Hotel and Casino
San Mart√≠n Street was pedestrianized.
The city has a climate considered as "Humid
" or "Cfa" by K√∂ppen classification
are generally mild, though minimum temperatures can fall below 0¬įC
(32¬įF) on cold nights during the winter . Summers are generally hot
and humid. During the most extreme heat
, temperatures have exceeded 45¬įC (113¬įF). Temperatures
have exceeded 35¬įC (95¬įF) in every season
Rainfall can be expected throughout the year though summer is
usually the wettest season. Thunderstorms
can be intense with frequent
, powerful downdraughts and
Santa Fe has a lot of important commercial centres, busy cultural
life, interesting options in sports and tourism, numerous artistic
and musical events, and an exciting nightlife.
There is an important infrastructure for tourism developed due to
the building of highways and a subfluvial tunnel and, together with
the beauty of the landscape and the various attractions that
tourists can enjoy make them feel pleased to choose this region to
spend their holidays. Hunting, fishing, excursions, walks by the
river, practising water sports on the River Paran√° (18 km away
via N¬ļ168 National Road), visiting the Space Observation Centre or
the Zoo- Experimental Station of "La Esmeralda" Farm, make the
tourist feel amazed and eager to know more about the region.
In a nutshell, Santa Fe offers a complete and varied shade of
attractions that make one dive into history when visiting
monuments, museums or find oneself in the beautiful parks, rivers
and streams surrounded by wild flora and fauna.
Gallery of Panoramic views of Santa Fe
Santa Fe view from San Jos√© del
Santa Fe Riverwalk.
Estaci√≥n Recoleta Shopping
Plaza of the Two Cultures.
Geographical location and Climate data