Regional Office for Culture in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Argentina - Tour of the Three Cultures

The intangible memory of Santa Fe involves traces and features of the presence of afro Argentineans from colonial times that go back to the 16th century, when Santa Fe was established. Despite the effort of most of the country´s rulers and national and local intellectuals to make this part of our history disappear – in line with the euro-centric thought that has been prevalent in the rest of their peers in the country-, Santa Fe has sensitive sites of secular memory, kept alive in the social imagery by the will of its fellow citizens and some concerned researchers. Unlike other tourist attractions they are not necessarily imposing, picturesque, monumental or even beautiful. In the framework of the systematic dispossession to which enslaved Africans and their descendants were submitted, the memory sites charted are places that should the origin be unknown would easily go unnoticed: houses, corners, waste lands, public buildings. It is the intangible knowledge that gives them significance to recall them in their afro dimension, task to which, for a long time, the Indo-Afro-American House of Culture has devoted itself in order to perpetuate the memory through writings, lectures and radio programmes. The project started on 2006 and grew stronger on 2015 with the collaboration of Lic. Pablo Cirio (Buenos Aires), who made the inventory of 16 afro memory sites in Santa Fe.

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1 The original ombu, from the 19th century was destroyed by time by mid 20th century. The tree that appears in the photographs was planted at the initiative of the “Mario Luis López” House of Indo-Afro-American Culture by the Municipality of Santa Fe on 2013, but two years later it was destroyed by a storm. At present efforts are being made to plant another one.

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Other data of interest


Distance by stretches, between landmarks

From 300 to 800 meters


Santa Fe


Santa Fe, Capital


5 km


  • Tour of the Three Cultures:

    Espacio existente entre el Museo Etnográfico y Colonial “Juan de Garay”, Museo Histórico Provincial “Brigadier Gral. Estanislao López” y el complejo franciscano en la calle San Martín y Tres de Febrero / Space between the “Juan de Garay” Ethnographic and Colonial Museum, the “Brigadier Gral. Estanislao López” Provincial Historical Museum and the Franciscan Complex in the San Martin and Tres de Febrero Streets.

    Access: Public

  • Ombu de la Chipacera (Claudia Chapacó)1:

    9 de Julio y Juan José Paso

    Access: Public

  • Mural in homage to the Sociedad Coral Carnavalesca “Negros Santafesinos”. Acrylic on brick wall in sight, collective work, 2016:

    Urquiza y Salta

    Access: Public

  • Santa Rosa de Lima quarter. Settlement of enslaved people in the Estancia Jesuítica de Santo Tomé (Santo Tomás):

    Oeste de Santa Fe / West of Santa Fe

    Access: Public