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Many former Ottoman subjects emigrated to Buenos Aires via Europe by ship at the start of the 1900’s. There are three mosques and two Turkish schools in the city, where some 10,000 Muslims currently live. The largest of the mosques is the Rey Fahd Islamic Culture Center at Palermo. Argentine Tourism Minister Carlos Enrique, who came to Istanbul for the EMITT 2013 International Tourism Fair, says that the close historic relations between the two countries are going to be revitalized by the Turkish Airlines flights.
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“I’ve lived in Buenos Aires for six years. In the last two and a half years I’ve watched close to 60 matches in some 40 stadiums in eight cities across Latin America. If you can catch a Boca Juniors - River Plate match, don’t miss it. And the Racing - Independiente rivalry, though little known, could be termed the city’s fiercest. I’m a Racing fan. Just think, they didn’t win a thing for 35 years but the fans still filled the stadium. It even says on the backs of their jerseys: “Such a passion, it’s indescribable!”
El Ateneo on Santa Fe Avenue is one of the world’s most attractive book emporiums, a 100-year-old venue with close to half a million books in four languages.
Buenos Aires is ready to welcome guests at its newly-opened style hotels. Based on an array of concepts from football to art, these hotels range from boutique to five-star.
The city’s coffee culture rivals that of Paris. Hosting numerous famous figures, the century-old Buenos Aires cafes are known to have inspired artists like Julio Cortazar, Francis Ford Coppola and Maria Vargas Llosa.
You can tour the city comfortably on one of the double-decker open-top tour buses. For information about the tours, which stop at 25 major points around the city: www.buenosairesbus.com
Turkish Airlines has Istanbul-Buenos Aires-Istanbul flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Departure times are at 9:20 a.m. from Istanbul and 11:55 p.m. from Buenos Aires. The time difference is five hours, Istanbul being five hours ahead. A U.S. dollar is equal to about 5, a Euro to about 6 Argentine pesos.