The city of La Plata, known as the city of the diagonals, for the various diagonals running through this, is the capital of the province of Argentina, Buenos Aires called. It was founded on November 19, 1882, the day on which the Church remembers Pope St. Pontian. In fact, Dardo Rocha, the founder of the city and governor of the province, chose this day to honor his child called Ponciano, who was born that date but who died as a child. The remains of the founder rest in the crypt of the Cathedral.
The city was then founded after the passage of the capital of the province (whose name is also Buenos Aires) to Federal Capital, with its own government. Among the areas in which it was thought to raise this new capital we find the city of Campana, in western the Federal Capital, and the area five kilometers south of the current La Plata, belonging to High Barragán Cove area.
A stream, the "Regiment", crossed from south to north the field of the future city of La Plata. On one side of the stream there was a hill, where the Cathedral was built. Later that Creek Regiment was intubated. Years later it would not withstand the flow of water that brought the fatal cataclysm of 2013, which, in some quarters, was increased above many houses, dragging after him cars, mud, trees, and human lives.
In Lent we live an early Easter, by choosing Francisco, the Argentine pontiff. In the Octave of Easter, however, we feel we live the Holy Triduum.
It is a city whose streets were designed before be constructed, soon locating the main provincial government buildings. Opposite the cathedral, where now stands the square Moreno, had, as we have said, a stream, beside which the children of those early years playing ball... usually made with the bladder of a pig or a cow, bladder which extracted of the dead animal, and then they will inserting a straw to it, blowing air to inflate. Then left to dry. This told me a man who as a boy met an old man who had been born in the late nineteenth century and did that as a child.
Since the federal capital came out one of the royal roads passing through one of the limits of the future city of La Plata. Then the railroad supplied the way so people could go faster Harbour Cove, reaching a neighborhood called Tolose. What was left the royal road, a portion was reserved for what would later be designated 1st Street. This road, bound for the town of Magdalena, was adorned on its sides by lush trees and the soil had many bumps (which made her somewhat impassable rainy days). Think how many important people would pass in a carriage along this street. Important people as other simple. Gradually the street was filled with tall buildings, but now keeps a section of forest, in which is located the municipal zoo.
Other curiosities that we found is, for example, who had squares that were closed with gates, not for fear of thieves (we're talking 1890-1900), but to keep out the horses locals or people riding in the square, so they put in a ticket turnstiles to preclude the passage of horses. At the entrance to the square of streets 12 and 68 had some, I arrived at see as a child, and I never understood why they had been put. Or, that people were guided and pointed out his house not by the number or the name of the street, which would not yet published, but the way the trees that were seen in the sidewalk. This told me a student, who said told him a grandmother.
SANTO CRISTO ORATORY
One of the neighborhoods of La Plata is called Los Hornos, because there were kilns where the bricks that were used in the construction of buildings were baked. Even today we find some thin and tall chimneys and factories. In that neighborhood, south of the town, a few blocks were reserved for the cemetery of the city, and next to it, in the northern corner, the Santo Cristo chapel was built. Originally, early last century, or perhaps the late nineteenth century, a wooden chapel got up, attended by diocesan priests. A mid-twentieth century, the attention of the church was given to the congregation Theatine. People could to approach this cemetery and its chapel by one of the tram lines. The neighborhood at that time was not called "The Furnace" ("Los Hornos") but "The Retreat" ("El Retiro").