This is a very strange building dating to Art Deco/Art Nouveau period. Built by an Italian architect, the central tower is a most impressive structure on Avenida de Mayo. The building has elements of Art Nouveau, neo-Gothic, and neo-Romantic designs. The building was influenced by Dante's Divine Comedy. The floor of entrance of the building has patterned medallions to give the impression of fire in hell. There are statues of grotesque gargoyles and other strange animals as well as a statue of Dante. There are references to Purgatory and Heaven on various fllors of the building. The exterior and lobby are however more impressive than the interior. The organised tour includes a ride in a really old fashion lift that takes you to the rooftop from where you get an uninterrupted 360° view of Buenos Aires and the views up and down Avenida de Mayo including that of the nearby Congreso, are very impressive.
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