We just got back from Miramar, in the northeast of Córdoba. This small tourist town, located along Mar Chiquita, has an incredible history. Mar Chiquita is a saltwater lake, one of, if not the largest saltwater lake in South America. The size of the lake has gone through dramatic changes over the years, twice flooding the town to such an extent that entire blocks were submerged for years. They literally had to move the town three miles back to higher grounds.
The photo below shows the remains of houses and shops that were submerged in the 70's. They demolished many of the buildings in the early 90's. The building in the background is the Gran Hotel Viena. The hotel, built in 1945, had lush gardens in the front and in the courtyards, and was a luxury spa where people came for the mud and mineral baths. The Gran Hotel Viena was also completely submerged underwater.