It all started in an apple grove
El Manzanar origin dates from the late 19th century, when an Irishman settled in Argentina found in the lands of Lujan (pronounced “Lu-hán”), in the Buenos Aires province, the ideal soil and climate to grow apples.
Besides the vast apple tree grove that made the place famous, a botanical collection of 25,000 trees of 1,200 different species was implanted there. The project was planned by the renowned French-Argentinean architect and landscape designer Carlos Thays (1849-1934), and later improved by landscape artists Neira and Ezcurra.
Director of Parks and Walkways in the city of Buenos Aires from 1892 to 1898, Carlos Thays created dozens of great projects, such as Plaza de Mayo, the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden and Sarmiento Park, in Cordoba.
At the same time that El Manzanar started its activities, the Basilica of Nuestra Señora de Luján, protective of Argentina, was in full construction.
On the top, Sarmiento Park. Following, the Buenos Aires Botanical Garden.