Your walking tour of the Monserrat neighborhood extends west along Avenida de Mayo (May Avenue) until you reach 9 de Julio Avenue. July 9 Avenue was named after Argentina’s Independence Day in 1816. You will have no problem knowing when you arrive. The boulevard is 361 feet wide. Take a moment to stare at a 49 foot statue of Don Quixote. This fictional character was created by novelist Miguel de Cervantes in the early 17th century. The statue was the curious, some say totally inappropriate, gift in recognition of the tricentennial of the city’s founding in 1580. On the Ministry of Heath building is a large steel silhouette of Evita (Eva Perón). After the aspiring radio and movie actress met Colonel Juan Perón in 1944, she became his mistress, then wife and finally the First Lady of Argentina when he became president in 1946. She used this platform to create a charitable foundation and led the cause for women’s suffrage. At the height of her popularity in 1951, two million people assembled here chanting for her to run as vice president. She declined because of her secret ill health. The following year she died of cervical cancer at the age of 33. Madonna portrayed Eva Perón in the 1996 movie Evita.