San Telmo is not another neighborhood. There are people who speak about the Republic of San Telmo, as if this was a country of its own inside Argentina.
And on Sundays, it dresses up. Its core is the Market of Antiques, which for the last 35 years has been making an appointment with visitors at Dorrego Square, between Defensa and Humberto 1° Streets, every Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
Architect José María Peña was its creator and it has been thanks to this character from Buenos Aires that San Telmo has remained standing just like we see it today to keep enjoying it. His inexhaustible efforts to keep the past alive facing the mediocrity of modernism deserve him well the title of distinguished citizen of the City, something the Buenos Aires legislature has owed him for quite a while.