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“One of my Favourite Buildings in Buenos Aires”
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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.
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“One of my Favourite Buildings in Buenos Aires”
Reviewed February 13, 2013

Every time I come to Buenos Aires, I visit this beautiful building. So majestic and ornate. In the springtime, when it is surrounded by the purple jacarnda trees, it practically moves me to tears.

Visited February 2013
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“Wonderful, but government should take care of the people occupying the congress square !!! ....”
Reviewed January 29, 2013 via mobile

The view is amazing. It's inspired and reflects the most pure republican and independent aspirations and a stunning neoclassicism.

My tip, is

1st: to the government of the country: please, don't let anybody occupy the congress square.

2nd: to the visitors and international tourists: don't visit the area at night, don't look at the people directly, dress very casual, don't talk loud in any foreign language in front of them, don't show them you where things of value of carry things of value, and park over Avenida de Mayo avenue, but at least 100 meters before the square..

The people occupying the congress square made kind of little tents, they don't stay there to protest or to claim for anything, they are homeless drugged-drunk-dangerous people. If you look at them directly, they may walk to you, they think they can ask for anything, and I don't think anybody wants to disturb them.... :(

The best is to call and arrange a visit.

Good luck!

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“Very interesting Architecture”
Reviewed January 16, 2013

Very interesting Architecture with a lot of history. Other than that, it is alright to see. The park in the area is nice, which has markets sometimes.

Visited December 2012
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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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“meh”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

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

Visited December 2012
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“The centre of Argentine Government”
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.

Visited October 2012
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