The city of La Plata, where the event will take place, is a beautiful and very special example of rationalist urbanism at the end of the 19th century. It is the capital of the Province of Buenos Aires and is only 55 km away by highway from the City of Buenos Aires. The city has a lot of parks, and is very famous for its trees. It was founded in 1882, and was totally designed from scratch, with a very particular geometry. La Plata has beautiful examples of the architecture by Pedro Benoit of the end of the 19th century. It is the fourth city in population in Argentina (700.000). Since its foundation it has been a university city, which is why it is called “The Athens of America”.
In a large park, “El Bosque”, there are two important academic institutions founded in the decade of the 1880s: The Museo de La Plata of Natural Sciences and the Observatory. The Observatory, today Facultad de Ciencias Astronómicas y Geofísicas from the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, is a very active academic institution, located in a wonderful landscape. The first research group in Cultural Astronomy in Argentina was created in the Facultad de Ciencias Astronómicas y Geofísicas in the city of La Plata. The symposium will take place in this institution. The faculty has all the necessary facilities for its development. Among other things, it has a digital planetarium for 175 spectators. Furthermore, next to this institution there are other faculties with many students who have shown interest in the field of cultural astronomy.