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Congreso
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Owner description: Dominating the plaza in which it sits, the stately capitol building is modeled after the White House in Washington DC.
Reviewed December 27, 2012

wildly over the top building. no unembellished surface. could do with a good scrub. great view from the steps.

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Reviewed October 20, 2012

This the centre of government in Argentina. A fantastic building from the outside you can easily see the opulence of an Italian design that included a nod to the US Capitol building. Free tours of the interior are available every weekday except Wednesday at 11am & 4pm. The 4pm tour should be in English but having gone twice and been told it was cancelled we finally opted for the Spanish tour just to get in. It was great that this allowed us to sit in the secretaries area of the main assembly room. Here that European influence was plain to see with marble, mosaic and mahogany wood from many countries. This is very much a working chamber and it was very interesting to be shown how technology has influenced the voting procedure. What was a manual key system is now computerized. This includes ways to know how many people are in the chamber to meet the quorum rules and plasma screens for progress reports. It made that old key system seemed so delightfully simple! We also visited a central salon containing 2 enormous paintings relating to the Independence and then onto the Library which was a piece of history captured in time. Nowadays we are so used to accessing everything electronically via the Internet it was wonderful to see the thousands of books housed in such a beautiful room. Check out the clock at the end - see if you can see the "deliberate" mistake in it's design. After Congreso it is worth a walk in the area in front of it, to see monuments dedicated to Argentinean Independence. It's also a good starting point to take an interesting stroll down Avenida de Mayo all the way to Casa Rosario.

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Reviewed September 6, 2012

We took the Subte from Independencia to Congreso. The subte’s exit is just across Plaza del Congreso. The Congreso Nacional building is really beautiful. Because of the length and size of the building, it is best to stand across the street for the best panoramic view. There is a beautiful fountain and sculpture in the middle of this square. Unfortunately it is fenced off so no one can get close to it. Try to put your camera between the iron bars to get an uncluttered picture. Unfortunately a part of this plaza is a haven for homeless people and therefore a lot of their personal belongings spoil a part of the square next to an impressive fenced-in pair of fig trees. Adjacent to the fence is a beautiful statue of a soldier on horseback with an overhead flying eagle. The temporary shelter of a few homeless citizens prevented a good angle for a photograph. It is also a pity that the pedestal of the beautiful statue of Rodin’s “The Thinker”, is spoiled with senseless graffiti. Even the white block that marks the kilometre zero point (the centre of the city) is marred. It is a pity that landmarks like these are not better protected as the tour guides generally do not make mention of such vandalism.

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Reviewed April 27, 2012

Neo-classical architecture, looks like the American Congress (not a coincidence, was built in the same period I guess).

Thank Brazilian78
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

It is a neat place to visit in the day time - night time is getting where you need to be more attentive. The protests are times in which a foreigner needs to stay away as it is the time where people are paid to cause problems - so why be a part of such.
The senate museum is withing the same plaza.

Thank Charlie S
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