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Santa Rosa
Coordinates: 36°37′0″S 64°17′0″W / 36.616667°S 64.283333°W / -36.616667; -64.283333
Country  Argentina
Province Flag of La Pampa province.png La Pampa
Department Capital
Founded 22 April 1892
Government
 - Intendant Gustavo Fernández Mendía (PJ)
Area
 - City 1,500 km2 (579.2 sq mi)
Elevation 175 m (574 ft)
Population (2001)
 - City 96,920
 - Metro 110,640
Postal code L6300
Phone code +54 2954
Website (Spanish) www.santarosa.gov.ar

Santa Rosa is a city in the Argentine Pampas, and the capital of La Pampa Province, Argentina. It lies on the east of the province, on the shore of the Don Tomás Lagoon, at the intersection of National Routes 5 and 35. The city (94,340) and its surroundings hold 102,610 inhabitants (2001 census [INDEC]), around a third of the population of the province. Its current mayor is Néstor Ricardo Alcala.

Partial view of Santa Rosa.

Founded in 1892 by Tomás Mason, Santa Rosa did not develop into a relatively important agricultural centre until the second half of the 20th century. It is still one of the smallest provincial capitals of the country after Patagonian Rawson, Ushuaia and Viedma.

City sights include the Fitte neighbourhood (1930), the monument to San Martín, the Palace of Justice, the Teatro Español Theatre (1908), the Provincial Art Museum (with paintings by Raúl Soldi, Antonio Berni, Quinquela Martín and other important Argentine painters) and the Provincial Natural History Museum.

The Santa Rosa Airport (IATA: RSAICAO: SAZR) is located 2 kilometres from Santa Rosa on Route 35, and serves regular flights to Buenos Aires and Viedma.

Near Santa Rosa is the city of Toay.

Santa Rosa+Toay: Gran Santa Rosa

Sport

The city is home to football team, Club Atlético Santa Rosa and Club Atlético All Boys.

External links

Monument to Jose de San Martin, Santa Rosa.
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