Must See in Buenos Aires #6: Casa Rosada Tour

(Casa Rosada by Elton Melo)

Originally built as fort in 1594, the Casa Rosada, or Pink House, is one the city’s most emblematic buildings both because of its striking appearance and because it is the government headquarters.

During Domingo Sarmientos presidency the eye catching structure was painted pink, it is said, as a symbol of unity between the red and white colors of the Unitarians and Federals who fought against each other during the civil war.

Throughout the many political upheavals, the pink house has always been a place where the people have gathered and manifested and where the action has appeared to take place.  The famous Evita speeches, the declaration of war against the Falkland islands were made public on its now famous balcony and many celebrations and riots have taken place in the small plaza facing the government building.

The stunning architecture, unique memorabilia and historic and political importance of this landmark make it a definite must see.  Free tours of the Casa Rosada are offered on weekends from 10am-6pm starting at the main entrance facing the plaza.

Must See in Buenos Aires #3


Palacio Barolo

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Mario Palanti was commissioned by Luis Barolo, a European agricultural producer, to design a statuesque building intended for rental purposes. Expecting Europe to break out into a series of wars that would destroy the continent, a common belief at the time, Mr. Barolo wanted the building to be inspired by ´The Divine Comedy´ so that it could hold Dante Alighieri’s remains once Europe was destroyed. Construction of this regal building full of references to the poet, began in 1919 for what was to be the tallest structure in Latin America. Now a days it is used as office space and as a tourist attraction. Guided tours are available Mondays and Thursdays from 4pm to 7pm and evening guided tours on Mondays and Wednesdays at 8pm and Thursdays at 8.30pm include tasting of an awarded wine and a national delicacy.

Palacio Barolo

Av de Mayo 1370 9° P. Esc. 249/52
Tel/Fax: (54-11) 4381-1885