Architecture, Buenos Aires
Favorite thing: I'm no expert on South America, but I've often heard it said that Buenos Aires is the most European and elegant city in the region. I can attest to the fact that the city is full of beautiful buildings, squares and avenues that rival those of many European cities I've visited. There is refinement to the way the city is laid out and in the integrity of the architecture.
It dates from 1922 and it was designed by Italian architect Mario Palanti. Barolo Building is a sister building to the famous Palacio Salvo in Montevideo (Uruguay), a similar one by the same architect.
Palanti was a fanatic of Dante´s Divine Comedy, and the buiding is divided into 3 zones: Paradise, for the tower and upper floors; Purgatory in the middle and Inferno at the bottom.-
Adress: Avenida de Mayo 1300
Fondest memory: This was a pretty intresting building we came across , it was the front part of a building that must had been over a hundred years old and in the back they constructed a new skyscraper. I think this was a fantastic idea so that the old building wasnt torn down. It was located across the plaza on the backside of the National Theatre , a block off Avenida 9 de Julio.
Buenos Aires is a city of diverse architectural influences, especially from Italy, Spain and France. We can recognize the Parisian flair of Buenos Aires in the Military Circle, former Paz Palace, in 750 Santa Fe Av, which was the biggest private residence in Buenos Aires until it was acquired by the government in 1935
Military Circle (Paz Palace): José Camilo Paz –founder of La Prensa newspaper– ordered the construction of his family mansion based on the plans made by the French Louis Sortaris. Since 1938, it has been the venue of the Military Circle, an army club, and the National Museum of Weapons.
Some of Argentina's wealthiest and most aristocratic families built their residences and mansions around San Martin square, which rivaled in elegance with the ones in the nearby neighborhood of Recoleta.
San Martin Palace was originally the house of the Anchorena family, today the palace belongs to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship.
Favorite thing: Monumental Tower (formerly The English Tower): donated by the British community in Argentina in 1916 for the centenary of Argentina´s independece. The clock has a diameter of 4.5 meters and a pendulum of 100 kilograms of weight. It was built with materials brought from England.
Favorite thing: I loved the architecture of Buenos Aires. I've never been to Paris, but I imagine the buildings must look a lot like some of the buildings in Buenos Aires. They had ornate wrought iron fencing, flowering pots on the windowsills, and canopied storefronts. This photo was taken on one of main avenues going towards town.
Favorite thing: Most of Buenos Aires seems old. It feels like a combination of all european cities but without the refinement of them.