Palacio Congreso, Buenos Aires

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  • Another view of the copula
    Another view of the copula
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  • A grand facade
    A grand facade
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    Monumento de los dos Congressos
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    Democracy under Domes

    by Orchid Written May 22, 2015

    Argentina's national parliament sits under the lofty bronze plated dome of the marble neoclassical building, designed by Italian Vittorio Meano and completed by Argentine architect Julio Dormal in 1906. The marble is stained grey by pollution, and scaffolding obscured some of the features during our visit.

    It is reminiscent in style to the US Capitol in Washington, and indeed was modelled after it.

    There are guided tours in English available (Mon-Fri 11:00 & 16:00)

    The large square in front to the building is the Congressional Plaza, a popular location for protests (there were signs and wire fences during our visit, but no active protests).A fence surrounds the grand Monumento de los dos Congresos, to prevent vandalism. It was erected to celebrate the centenary of Argentine Independence in 1916.

    Also in the square (in the part designated Plaza Mariano Moreno) one finds the 'kilometro zero' from which all national highways in Argentina are measured, and an original cast of Rodin's 'The Thinker'.

    A grand facade Monumento de los dos Congressos
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    Plaza del Congreso

    by shavy Updated Jan 20, 2014

    The magnificent grey stone building, Palacio del Congreso has an imposing and awe-inspiring presence in this neighborhood which the locals commonly refer to as "Congreso.

    It is a middle class area with strong commercial activity that gives you a taste of the real Buenos Aires
    The Plaza Congreso adorned with several monuments and sculptures, is the second most important political venue for Argentines

    The building of the National Congress is one of the best examples of neoclassical architecture in the city of Buenos Aires

    The fountain view
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    CONGRESO

    by draguza Written Nov 30, 2012

    Like Barrio Norte, Congreso is an informal “barrio” name. Congreso is actually part of the neighborhood of Balvanera. This aptly named area is the home of the Argentine National Congress, a huge government building which was completed in 1906. Opposite the Congress is Congressional Plaza, a fascinating open space which contains an original cast of the famous Rodin sculpture, The Thinker.

    Nearby Mariano Moreno Plaza is where Argentina’s Kilometer Zero marker is, where all the distances in that huge country are measured from. Mariano Moreno was an influential lawyer, so people interested in legal history or government should definitely make a beeline to Congreso.

    Conveniently, Avenida de Mayo runs from the National Congress straight to the Casa Rosada, or the “Pink House” which is the official residence of the President. This avenue is a perfect example of why Buenos Aries is often favorably compared with Paris; the art nouveau architecture speaks volumes about what influenced early 20th century Argentine architects.

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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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    Monumento a los Congresos

    by Gypsystravels Updated Feb 17, 2011

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    Located at the Plaza del Congreso is the imposing centerpiece "Monumento a los Dos Congresos". The bronze sculpture was built to commemorate the first constitutional assembly and the "Declaration of Independence".

    The central figure represents the Republic on march waving a laurel branch and the two other figures represent thee assembly of 1813 and and the congress of 1816.

    While I was visiting the Monument was enclosed by a metal gate and I was unable to get a closer look.

    View of the main centerpiece of the monument Monumento a los Dos Congresos
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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.

    El Congreso A view of the copula Another view of the copula
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    Plaza Congresso

    by easterntrekker Written Nov 20, 2010

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    This is my favorite buliding in Buenos Aires.It is simply stunning .I read it was modeled after the Congress building in Washington and I could see the resemblance.
    The other building in the Plaza are magnificant as well.
    When we arrived there was a protest going on .We could here the steady drumbeat from the subway and wondered if we should keep going .It seemed quite peaceful though so we took our pictures and had a look with no problems.

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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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    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.

    Palacio del Congreso Plaza del Carmen El Molina Protest

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    our Congress Building

    by solcitom87 Written Jul 31, 2008

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    It's situated at the end of Avenida de Mayo, at the other end of which is located the Casa Rosada

    It was designed by the Italian architect Vittorio Meano

    In front of the building lies the Square of 2 Congresses (Plaza de los dos Congresos).

    this is the place where the Diputates work and where most of the protestors go to claim what they want

    the congress
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    Like the one in USA!

    by mindcrime Written Jul 4, 2008

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    I visited the Congress of the argentine nation one Monday morning and I was surprised when I first I saw the building because it looks like other famous buildings in America (yes, like the one at the States).

    It was built in the beginning of the 20th century by Vittorio Meano. I took some photos of it but I skiped the guided tours of the interior.

    I also liked the square in front of the building. It is the Plaza de los dos Congresos(1810&1816 that led to the independence of the country) with a monument in the centre and many tourists around it! :) There were also many homeless people around the square and some of them in an abandoned old bus

    El Congreso El Congreso El Congreso from plaza de los dos Congresos homeless ppl in a bus near Congreso

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    Plaza del Congreso

    by Bwana_Brown Updated Mar 25, 2007

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    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!

    The Forlorn Plaza del Congreso
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    Touring Congresso

    by melosh Written Dec 1, 2006

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    There are free English tours and Spanish tours that originate from different sides of the building unless congress is in session. I was told that when congress is in session that no regular visits are allowed except that one may be able to tour with a scheduled school visit. Since I speak Spanish and love to see sights with students, I enjoyed this way of seeing a place of historic and current events.

    Congresso Library Clock from France for 100 yrs of independence
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    Plaza El Congreso

    by Luchonda Updated Oct 8, 2006

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    Plaza del Mayo and Plaza El Congreso, two important central places to feel the heart of BsAs and reachable via the Avenida del Mayo, crossing the Avenida 9de Julio. I did this track a few times, enjoying the "Paris alike" architecture, a stop at the Tortoni Café, the oldest one in BsAs, shopping in "Florida street", but most of all, Plaza El Congreso will always be reminded
    by the little Café called "Lorea" located at one of the edges where you can have a splendid "Café chico" and a delicious diner (Steak Lomo).

    El Congreso El Congreso Monument I think, a Rodin Caf�� Lorea
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    Congreso Square

    by DPando Written May 19, 2006

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    With these 3 pics you will have a general overview of this rectangular square.... the first one is from the center looking at Av de Mayo, the main entrance to it...the second is the gardens that join the two ends before the building and a spectacular sculpture and the third is a lateral view of the overcrowded boulevard on the right side og the square

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