Banfield, Buenos Aires

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For the football club, see Club Atlético Banfield.
Banfield
The corner of Hipólito Yrigoyen Ave. and French St.
The corner of Hipólito Yrigoyen Ave. and French St.
Banfield is located in Greater Buenos Aires
Banfield
Banfield
Location in Greater Buenos Aires
Coordinates: 34°45′S 58°23′W / 34.750°S 58.383°W / -34.750; -58.383Coordinates: 34°45′S 58°23′W / 34.750°S 58.383°W / -34.750; -58.383
Country  Argentina
Province Buenos Aires province flag.gif Buenos Aires
Partido Lomas de Zamora
Elevation 16 m (52 ft)
Population (2001 census [INDEC])
 • Total 223,898
 • Density 7,851/km2 (20,330/sq mi)
CPA Base B 1828
Area code(s) +54 11

Banfield is a city in the county of Lomas de Zamora in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina, 14 km (9 mi) south of the centre of Buenos Aires. It forms part of the Greater Buenos Aires metro area.

History[edit]

Edward Banfield

In 1873 Banfield railway station, named after the Englishman Edward Banfield, the first general manager of the British-owned Buenos Aires Great Southern Railway (Spanish: Ferrocarril del Sud), was opened. On August 19, 1873, the first plots of land in the area were advertised for sale and extensive development took place from the 1880s onwards.

Sports[edit]

The city is home to Club Atlético Banfield football club founded in 1896, and to the Lomas Athletic Sports Club.

Culture[edit]

Banfield railway station.
Larroque avenue.

Perhaps Banfield's most significant cultural insitituion is its Julián Aguirre Conservatory of Music, founded by renown classical composer and conductor Alberto Ginastera, in 1951.

Hosting about 2,000 students yearly, it is the most important school of classical and choral music in Argentina and is the alma mater of musical instructors and scholars throughout the country and Latin America.

The writer Julio Cortázar, though born in Belgium, spent much of his childhood in Banfield. Banfield was also home of the renowned tango composer Alfredo De Angelis and the popular singer Sandro.

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