El Congreso, Buenos Aires

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    Another view of the copula
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    PLAZA DEL CONGRESO
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    PLAZA DEL CONGRESO

    by mtncorg Updated Dec 12, 2004

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    Pigeons enjoying the Spring sunshine in the Plaza

    Built in 1910 to celebrate the centennial of the May 1810 Revolution, the plaza occupies three blocks in front of the Congreso Nacional at the western terminus of Avenida de Mayo. Located within is the large Monumento a los dos Congresos and the Cero Kilometer monolith – from which all distances are measured leaving BsAs. The monolinth is towards the east end of the plaza next to a copy of Rodin’s ‘The Thinker/El Pensador’.

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    MONUMENTO A LOS DOS CONGRESOS

    by mtncorg Written Dec 12, 2004

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    Monument to the Two Congresses

    Built by a Belgian artist and another Belgian archtect, the monument remembers both the 1813 Assembly and the 1816 Tucuman Congress. Allegories prevail throughout the monument: huge granite steps represent the Andes; a huge fountain is the Atlantic; sculpture groups represent the Plata, Uruguay and Parana rivers. The figure atop is the Republic. Grafitti abounds on this monument. The will of the people?

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    El Congreso (The Congress)

    by sabrina_florida Updated Aug 7, 2005

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    The Congress

    If you like looking at buildings then this is one of the most beautiful in the city.
    To get there the best thing is to walk along Avenida de Mayo (avenue). That street has the most beautiful buildings and it leads to this square with the Congress at the back. Now, as you walk along Avenida de Mayo, look up. You'll see some of the best cupolas in town.

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    CONGRESO NACIONAL

    by mtncorg Written Dec 12, 2004

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    Congreso Nacional fronting on Avenida Colon

    Both the House of Representatives – la Camara de Disputados – and the Senate – el Senado – gather here in this impressive building dating back to 1906, sharing the same architect, Vittorio Meano, as the Palacio Legistivo in Montevideo. Tours are available to view both houses. The Congreso is on the western end of the Plaza de Mayo. Legislative branch of government is linked to the Executive branch – the Casa Rosada – by means of the leafy Avenida de Mayo in a style reminiscent of Washington, DC’s Pennsylvania Avenue.

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    Tour of Congreso

    by Dabs Updated Apr 22, 2006

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    If you want to go on a tour of Congress, check in advance regarding the times. The first day we showed up, the guard said "manana" and wrote down 4 tours for the following day. We showed up for the 4 pm tour which should have been in English according to our guidebook but it was cancelled so we took the tour in Spanish so that we could see the interior. I wish I understood more Spanish, it seemed like the guide was giving an incredibly thorough tour of the three rooms that we visited, the Congressional Chamber, the library and one other room. We did not get to see pink Salon de Rosado or the Senate chambers that are listed in our guidebook as being open to the public, it may depend on what is going on in the building that day. One of the men on our tour got into a heated discussion with the guide about why they could only show us a picture of the Senate and not take us in. The guide won the argument :-)

    Congreso is an impressive building from the outside as well, it incorporates elements from the US Capitol (the dome and wings), the Garnier Opera House in Paris (the roofline)and the topping of the four horse Triumph from the Bradenburg Gate in Berlin.

    One of the main architects, incidentally, was Victor Meano who was also involved in the design of the Teatro Colon, he was murdered in a love triangle gone sour before either building was completed. You can see the resemblance of the Congressional chamber to a theater with upper floor areas that look like theater boxes and Greek columns lining the walls.

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    Plaza Del Congreso

    by Sonador3 Updated May 26, 2004

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    Broken Fountain

    This plaza was inaugurated in 1910 when Manuel Guiraldes was Mayor. Guiraldes was the son was Ricardo Guiraldes who wrote Don Segundo Sombra. Walking around the plaza you can see many of the same sights you might come across in a big city plaza; people selling things, food stands, couples sitting romantically on benches and people smoking weed. The photo was taken standing on the Monumento a los Dos Congreses and looking down Avenida De Mayo.

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    Congreso de la Nacion / The Congress

    by sof76 Updated Feb 17, 2006

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    Congreso de la Nacion

    El palacio del Congreso de la Nación Argentina -sede de la Cámara de Senadores y Diputados- fue inaugurado en 1906, pero recién en 1946 quedó definitivamente terminado. Se alza en el extremo opuesto a la Casa Rosada y culminando el eje cívico de la Avenida de Mayo.
    Diseñado al estilo del Alto Academicismo Italiano de fines del siglo XIX, el edificio está íntegramente revestido en piedra caliza gris, con basamento de granito.
    Se realizan visitas guiadas para el público en general y turistas los días lunes, martes, miércoles y viernes a las 11 y a las 17 hs. Para solicitar visitas programadas deberán hacerse al teléfono: 4370-7532 o acercarse hasta Av. Rivadavia 1864, Piso 3º Oficina 309.

    The palace of the Congress of the Argentinian Nation - head office of the Chamber of Senators and Deputies - was inaugurated in 1906, but only in 1946 it was definitively completed. It raises in the end opposite to the Pink House and reaching the civic axis of the Avenue of May.
    Designed in the style of the High Italian Academicism of ends of the XIXth century, the building is totally regarment in lime gray stone, with basement of granite.
    Guided visits for public in general and tourists on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 11 a.m. and at 5 p.m. hs. To request programmed visits call at 4370-7532 or approach up to Av. Rivadavia 1864, 3rd Flat Office 309.

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    Monumento Los Dos Congresos

    by Sonador3 Written May 24, 2004

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    Another Monument

    This monument was constructed in 1908; designed and built by a couple of Belgians Jules Lagae and E. D. Huicqu. The monument pays homage to the 1813 Assembly and the 1816 Tucaman Congress. At the top, a bronze figure represents the republic carrying a laurel branch and plow.

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    El Congreso Nacional

    by Sonador3 Written May 24, 2004

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    Congreso

    Kind of looks like other congressional buildings around the world. Located at the end of the Congreso Del Plaza, this is the National Legislative building that where the House of Representatives and Senate meet. Designed by Italian architect Vittorio Meano (who also designed the Uruguayan Legislative Palace), the opening took place after 8 years of work in 1906.

    Guided tours are available to the two most important halls and the library

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    Plaza del Congreso

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    The Forlorn Plaza del Congreso

    Our very first walk in Buenos Aires took us the four blocks down Av. Callao from our hotel to the Plaza del Congreso area on Av. de Mayo. The monuments in this Plaza are dedicated to the congresses held in 1810 and 1816 which eventually led to the independence of Argentina. The granite steps leading up to this statue are meant to symbolize the Andes mountains while a wading pool on the far side represents the Pacific Ocean.

    We were disappointed with the state of this Plaza, the most down-trodden one that we came across in the city. The statue complex is covered in graffiti, as are the signs on the iron fence erected around it to provide some protection. This relatively small Plaza, in a crowded neighbourhood, seems to serve as the 'hang-out' for many down and out people in this part of the city, although they did not give us any problems as we walked around here at 3:30 in the afternoon.

    The photo shows the Plaza del Congresso, looking down Av. de Mayo in the direction of the Presidential Palace, 16 city blocks away near the Rio de la Plata waterfront.

    To my rear as I was taking this photo, was the equally rundown Palacio del Congresso, modeled on the US Capitol and completed in 1806 at over twice it's original cost estimate. It too was surrounded by an iron fence, seemingly to keep it's citizens at bay. It was a disappointing start to our explorations, but our impressions of Buenos Aires and Argentina only went up from there!

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    Right Outside our Balcony

    by cjg1 Updated Apr 20, 2010

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    Congresso is the equivelent of the Capitol in the U.S. It was actually designed after the Capitol building in D.C. The building houses the Congress and the Senatorial chamber.

    It's an impressive structure and we had a nice view of it from our balcony. Liz was quick to point out that Eva Peron's body lay in state during the country's mourning of her death.

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    El Congreso Nacional

    by Gypsystravels Updated Feb 17, 2011

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    Located at one end of Plaza de Mayo and facing Casa Rosada is this ornate and imposing structure. El Congreso is a granite and marble structure that resembles the architecture of Washington, D.C.'s Congress building. The building was designed by Vittorio Meano, who also designed the Theatro Colon. El Congreso was inaugurated in 1906.

    Inside the building you can find a library as well as some salons that are quite lavish. One of the more impressive of the salons is said to the "Salon Azul" (Blue Salon) which contains colossal allegorical statues and a bronze chandelier which is found under the copula. It is said that the weight of the chandeleir is approximately 4,500 lbs. The Salon Azul has also been used for presidents lying in state.

    If you are intesested in viewing the interior of the building, there are guided tours on Monday, Tuesday and Fridays at 11:00 am and 4:00 pm.

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    El Congreso

    by acemj Updated Nov 18, 2003

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    That's me in front of El Congreso

    On the opposite end of Avenida de Mayo from Casa Rosada is the National Congress building. It was completed in 1906 and its impressive dome was modeled after the capitol dome in Washington, D.C. Plaza Congreso, which surrounds the building was built afterwards in 1910 to frame and accent the Congress building itself.

    There are no tours of the interior available to the general public.

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    Politics and pastries

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Sep 8, 2008

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    Avenida de Mayo leads from Plaza Mayo to Plaza del Congreso, the long square dominated by the Italianate Palacio del Congreso with its high, somewhat egg-shaped central dome. The building, designed by the same architect as the Teatro Colon, is the seat of the House of Deputies and the Senate. It's all very grand, as buildings of this sort usually are, but very overbearing somehow. Much more fun is the now-defunct El Molino, just across the road to the right. Closed now and looking very sad, this was once one of BA's most beautiful confiterias and a favourite meeting place of politicians.

    You'll have to make do with the cafe Plaza del Carmen along the way now - not as historic maybe but they serve great coffee and the best medialunas in BA (well, that's MrL's opinion).

    The plaza is often the final stopping place for political protest rallies. You're bound to find political graffiti somewhere around the plaza.

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    Palacio del Congreso Nacional

    by mircaskirca Updated Sep 7, 2011

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    Begun in 1898 and opened in 1906, Palacio del Congreso (Congress Palace) is the most imposing building in all of Buenos Aires. One of the main architects was Italian Victor Meano, who was also involved in designing the Teatro Colon, but he was murdered before completion of either building.

    Congreso is constructed in Argentine grey granite, with a coating of white marble, built mostly in a Greek-Roman style. The imposing copper dome is illuminated at night, creating a dramatic vista point down Avenida de Mayo from Plaza de Mayo. Congreso is also the best example of the Argentine concept of taking the architectural elements of the world's most famous buildings and reinterpreting them. It resembles the U.S. Capitol.

    Situated at the end of Avenida de Mayo, at the other end of which is located Casa Rosada, Argentina's parliament is bicameral. Both the upper-house Senate and the lower-house Chamber of Deputies are open for visitors. Guided tours, in Spanish or English, take place from Monday to Friday at 11am and 4pm.

    In front of the building lies Plaza de Congreso (the Congress Square), a popular tourist spot and also a preffered location for protestors. It features the beautiful Monumento a los Dos Congresos (the Monument to the Two Congresses).

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