Localization

Where we are

CINDEFI is located in the city of La Plata, Capital of Buenos Aires province, Argentina. It occupies an area that belongs to the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, specifically on a Campus where operate, in addition, the faculties of Sciences, Engineering, Architecture, Dentistry, Informatics, school of Physical Education and the National School. In this sector heavily wooded also we can find other research institutes such as CINDECA, E.G.Ferrer, IBBM, CIDCA, etc.

How to contact us

CINDEFI | Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo en Fermentaciones Industriales Facultad de Ciencias Exactas (UNLP) 50 y 115 (B1900AJL) La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina tel/fax: +54 221 4833794

cindefi@biotec.org.ar

La Plata, Capital of the province of Buenos Aires, is located just 56 km to the South of the city of Buenos Aires, Capital of Argentina. It is in La Plata where, also with diagonals, coexist the vertigo of University students that invade it, with the beautiful architecture hidden in their heavily tree-lined streets.
Located at 19 m above the sea level in a region identified as River Plate coastline with predominance of herbs and a warm, subhumid to wet bioclimate, the city boasts of monumental buildings and extensive green spaces. Nowadays coexists cultural, administrative, commercial and even industrial activities. It is an original design based on a board homogeneously divided into symmetrical grids crossed by diagonals. Numerous squares are distributed in an equidistant way and they act as lungs of the city providing lush groves where the linden trees become distinctive emblems of the city and they are the sites where, inevitably, its 500,000 inhabitants go for relaxation and peace.
 

La Plata - How to reach

La Plata is seamlessly interconnected with Capital Federal: this is how a modern highway joins them allowing the journey to be solved in a 40′.

This same motorway is linked with the highway that leads to Ezeiza international airport in Argentina, this trip takes little more than one hour. From Capital Federal we can reach our city, also by bus or by train. The Terminal de Omnibus de La Plata is located 1200 meters from the CINDEFI while the train station is only 600 m.

                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                       Railway station    |    Entrance to La Plata
 

La Plata - History

To make the city of Buenos Aires as the Capital of the Republic, in September 1880, the then Governor of the Province, Dr. Dardo Rocha, drives the proposal of having a city as the seat of the provincial authorities. Established a Commission of preparatory studies and several were the places proposed as seat of the new city: Campana, Lomas de Ensenada and Zarate, among others. Finally, on March 14th of 1882, in his message to the legislature, Governor Rocha inclines his election by the landscape called Lomas de Ensenada de Barragán. Proposal is accepted, sanctioning the law in this regard on May 1 of the same year. The city of Ensenada is declared the Capital of the province and  the Executive Branch is autorized to create a city to be called La Plata, standing its cornerstone in what today is la Plaza Moreno, on November 19th of 1882 . The harmonic plan with whom the project was faced, directed by Pedro Benoit, is one of the most significant examples, worldwide, of the urbanism of the nineteenth century. The city plan, designed with all the urban planning of the time, deserved gold medal at the 1889 Paris Exposition. The first population was basically composed by workers of all trades: carpenters, bricklayers, blacksmiths, etc; being Italian the major nationality.
 
Plaza Moreno

 La Plata - Tourism

THE FOREST RIDE: this ride has a large plantation of eucalyptus and other trees such as Oaks, gynkos of China, red tipas, ibapoi of the jungle of Misiones, palm trees, etc. It also provides an artificial lake and a cavern. On the island rises a theatre in the open air: it is the Martín Fierro theatre, inspired by Roman models. On the grounds of the ride are installed, in addition, the Museum of Natural Sciences, the Astronomical Observatory, the faculties of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, Medicine, and Veterinary and the football clubs named Estudiantes and Gimnasia y Esgrima.
 

MUSEUM OF NATURAL SCIENCES: This museum includes humanistics sciences such as archaeology, anthropology, ethnography, etc. A Museum of natural sciences collects, prepares, preserves, studies and exhibits objects of nature that the public ca at several rooms. Different organisms are dissected, embalmed or taxidermizados in appropriate manner. The Museum depends on the Universidad Nacional de La Plata.

CHURCH SAN PONCIANO: Was the first church built in the city. It was in there that  the Tedeum was sang to celebrate the first anniversary. It is Gothic and neo-Gothic style that belong at the trends that Benoit promoted. Stained-glass windows of the entrance door depict scenes from the life of Jesus and the Apostles figures. Entering, on the right hand is the shrine of the Virgen de Luján, donated by Monsignor Terrero, second Bishop of the city.

GOVERNMENT HOUSE: Is located on 6th street, opposite the Plaza San Martin. The building is of Flemish Renaissance style and has a reception room with a predominance of the Golden effect (Golden Hall); its immense dome represents an allegory to the Homeland and its walls are decorated with portraits of our heroes, all them framed in gilded ovals.

PASAJE DARDO ROCHA: occupies the place where the railway station “19 de Noviembre” was installed. Later, it was changed to its current location. The Direction of Culture of the Municipality develops the cultural activity of the city from there.

 

LEGISLATIVE PALACE: Is one of the winning buildings in the contest held in 1881. Designed by the architects Heine and Hageman (Germany). In its three entries, performed in ionic style, presents sculptural groups which symbolize: La Ley (on 7th Street), La Constitucion (on 51th Street) and La Gloria (on 53rd Street). Its three fronts are decorated with high relief showing the history and richness of our country. These works belong to the Venetian artist Víctor de Pol.

MUNICIPAL PALACE: Building of German Renaissance style, emerged from an international drawing competition. The project belongs to Uber Stiers. Particularly the Golden Hall, located on the first floor, calls the attention. We can distinguish there the Roman, German, Greek, and French influences. The enclosure of the City Council, is also worth to be noticed, with 24 seats in a hemicycle form. 

CATHEDRAL: Designed by Eng. Pedro Benoit in neo-Gothic style, its construction began in 1885, being inaugurated in 1932. Its interior contains the Tyrolean artist Leo Moroder’s woodcarvings: Christ, San Ponciano, San Jose and la Inmaculada Concepción. The latter is shown from four different angles: La Virginidad, La Maternidad, El Dolor por la Muerte de su Hijo and La Asunción. Thirty-seven of the eighty-nine ogival windows have valuable stained glass windows of French and German origin. Calls attention the canons choir carved at Red Oak by the Malknecht brothers with the collaboration of Leo Moroder, who carved the heads located at the top of the linden wood chairs and whose expressions show the virtues and human passions. Four Confessionals in the Gothic style were built by the Shenke House.

REPÚBLICA DE LOS NIÑOS: A few kilometres from La Plata the Republic of Children rises. This work built around 1950, is a child-sized city with all its institutions represented. In a mixture of styles where they converge the Moorish with the German style as an Innsbruck in miniature style, we can find the Courthouse, church, Government House, the Legislature, port, theatre, restaurants, hotels, airport… in few words, a complete city in a gorgeous wooded land that invites to walk, photography and rest.