There's not much to see in Rosario, an urban area that competes with Cordoba as the "second city" of Argentina. It's basically an industrial and export center 180 mi/290 km northwest of Buenos Aires with a few art-deco buildings and the overblown Monumento Nacional a la Bandera—a monument to the country's flag that includes a 240-ft/73-m tower and the crypt of the flag's designer, Jose Manuel Belgrano, a hero who fought for Argentina's independence and for whom many Argentine streets are named.

The monastery of San Carlos, however, is close by and worth a visit, plus the nightlife and cultural opportunities keep some visitors sticking around. The provincial capital, Santa Fe, located 100 mi/160 km from Rosario, has an interesting history museum and the San Francisco Church.

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