Congreso

Congreso, Buenos Aires

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Dominating the plaza in which it sits, the stately capitol building is modeled after the White House in Washington DC.
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2,338 contributions
Free tour in English
Jan 2020
The Congresso offers free tours in English but it depends if an English speaking guide shows up for the day. Our bed and breakfast hostess called the morning of and luckily, the English speaking tour was on. The website was not accurate on the tours times so you really need to call to make sure of the times. This building was modeled after the US Capitol Building. It was difficult to take a good photo as it was covered in scaffolding. Our tour had four people and was only conducted in English. It was an informative tour of the Senate Chamber, the Chamber of Deputies, and the Pink Room. Entrance is on the left side of the building. You will need to bring your passport and go through security. Photos without flash are allowed once you get past security.
Written April 25, 2020
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Queen J
California2,090 contributions
Beautiful free tour
Jan 2020
El Congreso de La Nacion is easily reached in about 6 minutes using the metro (subte) Line A from Plaza de Mayo. The Congreso subway stop is a 1 minute walk from the building, but I recommend getting off one stop earlier at Saenz Pena and approaching the building through the plaza.

The Plaza in front of the Congress building is pretty and features green grass spaces, a fountain, and several statues and monuments, including one that marks the zero kilometer center of Argentina. Don't miss Rodin's "The Thinker" statue cast from the original mold with his signature. The large bronze and stone Monumento de los Dos Congresos represents Argentina's bicameral Congress with two bronze female figures symbolizing the Assembly of 1813 and the Congress of Tucumán in 1816.

Unfortunately, the Congress building facade hides behind construction tarps, so it is not possible to see the marble statues symbolizing Peace, Justice, Liberty and Progress which flank the grand entrance. Visitors can view only part of the roof's 26 ft bronze chariot driven by Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory. However, the 80 meter bronze-plated dome can easily be seen from the plaza.

Visitors enter from the side of the building at Hipólito Yrigoyen 1849. Reserving a time slot for a free tour online is not possible, but it really isn't necessary. You can simply show up 15 or 20 minutes before the tour.

We arrived 15 minutes before the 5pm tour on a Monday in mid-December, and it was plenty of time to sign up. Backpacks must be checked in the lobby, but small purses and cameras are allowed. You MUST bring a government-issued photo ID to be admitted into the building. Pocket items and purses pass through an X-ray machine while visitors step through a metal detector.

The National Congress building can only be visited with a guided tour. Two free tour options are offered - the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. The Senate tours are every weekday (EXCEPT Wednesdays) at 12.30pm and 5.00pm from Hipolito Yrigoyen 1849. The Chamber of Deputies tour is Monday, Tuesday, and Friday at 1.00pm and 3.00pm from Rivadavia 1864.

There are only a few rooms open right now because the rest of the building is undergoing renovations which will take several years to complete. I suspect that the two separate tours have been combined into the same tour because we saw both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. *The library, Hall of Lost Steps, and Blue Room are not open to visitors at this time.

We went on the Senate tour at 5pm, and it took roughly one hour. The tour guide was very friendly and spoke in Spanish, followed by excellent English. We were allowed to take lots of pictures and ask questions.

The tour visited the foyer inside, where a replica of the bronze chariot statue on the roof of the building is explained by the guide. The chambers of both houses - modeled after the US houses of Congress - are visited and explained. While visitors cannot walk amongst the rows of the house seats, they are close enough to the nearest row to see the desks and equipment. The meaning of the Argentine seal and other symbolic decor is explained, as well as the small paintings in the decor that borders the stained-glass dome above the Chamber of Deputies.

Next, visitors see the pink Salón Rosado, now called the Salón Eva Perón. She opened this room after women received the right to vote, so that women politicians could sit in private and freely discuss feminist issues. Upon her death in 1952, Evita's body was temporarily placed under the Congreso's central rotunda so that mourning citizens could pay their respects.

If you have an interest in history, government, or impressive architecture and decor, I strongly recommend taking this free tour.
Written April 9, 2020
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GPaCalgary
Calgary, Canada1,673 contributions
Interesting History
Jan 2020
We were able to get from our tour guide an excellent historical review of the history of this impressive building. Definitely worh a look even if you are unable to get inside.
Written January 30, 2020
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WorldTravelers34
Chicago, IL2,399 contributions
An insight into the nation’s political life
Jan 2020
This is worth seeing when in Buenos Aires. Following a decade of construction, the National Congress opened in 1906. It was built in a Greco-Roman style and displays similarities to well-known edifices from around the world. Standing at the main steps you will observe its likeness to Washington’s U.S. Capitol. Be sure and gaze up at the bronze figures on the four corners of the building complex, which symbolize victory and peace. The Congreso de la Nacion Argentina (National Congress) is a must-see for any visitor to Buenos Aires with an interest in experiencing a slice of Argentina’s political history and a passion for architecture.
Written January 21, 2020
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mcitaly2016
Milan, Italy902 contributions
Interesting architecture, impressive dome
Jan 2020
The Palacio del Congreso is overlooking a green area starting at the end of the Avenida de Mayo. The architecture is neo-classic with Italian influence, with a large cupola that makes it a city landmark. When we visited there were works, and the facade is not visible. Possible to visit through reservations.
Written January 5, 2020
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Goal100Countries
Cheltenham, UK615 contributions
Impressive building
Mar 2019
This is the congress building for Argentina and is a great building and serves it's purpose in displaying it's importance in affairs. The architecture is impressive and the place can be found a few seconds walk from the Congreso metro stop and is on the Plaza Congreso.
Written December 15, 2019
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Randall K
Canberra, Australia1,184 contributions
Grand design
Sep 2019
Unfortunately when we visited most of Congreso was covered up by scaffolding as it looked to be undergoing some renovations. We have visited on a previous holiday so knew how glorious it could look on a beautiful sunny day. I still haven't done a tour of the interior - but that can be achieved on our next visit to this amazing city.
Written November 3, 2019
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KatielouAustralia
Hobart, Australia1,512 contributions
National Monument
Oct 2019
This building dominates Plaza del Congresso and is reminiscent of the White House on which it is said to be based.
Written October 18, 2019
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Stephen C
34 contributions
Congress nacional
Sep 2019 • Couples
Free tour in English that you have to book. You will need your passport. Excellent tour! Lovely young lady (who looked like Claudia on Strictly) who was so passionate about her country and it’s history. Assembly/Congress and Senate were fascinating. Spent a good hour. Compared well to visiting our Houses of Parliament.
Written September 29, 2019
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Pantherboy
Georgetown, Australia3,455 contributions
Stunning
Apr 2019 • Solo
The Stunning National Congress building is one not to be missed. If you can, walk from the bottom of the Plaza towards the building and then walk around it to get the best appreciation of it's size and imposing appearance. There are tours available (free) of both the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. The Senate tours are every week except Wednesday at 12.30pm and 5.00pm from Hipolito Yrigoyen 1849. The Chamber of Deputies is Monday, Tuesday, Friday at 1.00pm and 3.00pm from Rivadavia 1864. Passport or Driver's license is required (essential) for entry. The Plaza itself features water fountains, gardens and a host of statues and monuments.
Written April 20, 2019
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