Palacio Barolo, Buenos Aires

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Survey the streets of Buenos Aires from a lighthouse atop Palacio Barolo, a 22-storey building designed by Italian architect Mario Palanti. The landmark, which at the time of its construction in 1923 was the tallest in the city, now houses shops, offices, and studios. Constructed in tribute to Dante's "Divine Comedy," the building features a concrete facade and three distinct sections representing heaven, purgatory, and hell (we assume the offices are in the "hell" section). Climb to the top of the iconic palace to enjoy dramatic views over the city. Make Palacio Barolo a centerpiece of your Buenos Aires vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Buenos Aires visit planner.
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  • It is a beautiful building, you can make guided tours, or simply admire the entrance hall. History associated with Dante, there is an identical building in Montevideo
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  • Next to the cemetery of la Recoleta, are one of the mysterious places of Buenos Aires. Special for lovers of art, literature and the mystery of the Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri Luis Barolo, I get to the Argentina in 1890 and met Arq. Mario Palanti, who hired for a building project. Its aim was to retain the ashes of the famous Dante Alighieri, and construct a building inspired by the work of the poet, "the Divine Comedy". The Arq. Palanti was also a scholar of the Divine Comedy, and the Palace filled with references to it. The floor of the building is constructed based on the golden section and the Golden number. The general division of the Palace and the Divine Comedy is in three parts: Hell, purgatory and heaven. Access nine vaults represent the nine steps of initiation and the nine hellish hierarchies; the lighthouse represented the nine angelic choirs. About the Lighthouse is the constellation of the Cruz del Sur, which is aligned with the axis of Barolo in the first days of June at 19:45 hours. The height of the building is 100 meters and 100 are the edges of the work of Dante; It has 22 floors as many as verses the verses of the Divine Comedy. The care details characterize this project: from personal quotations in latin on the work of Dante in the building, until the opening of the same, carried out on the date of the anniversary of the poet. The architect Carlos Hilger detailing the similarities of the building with the work of Dante, "The Divine Comedy" "the distribution of the building is based on the metric of the Divine Comedy of Dante. In architecture, this is known as a Danteun. Building is divided into two blocks, with 11 offices per block in each of the levels. The remaining number, 22, responds to the metric used by Dante in the 100 songs in the central passage, the Palace has 9 vaults of access representing hell: for Dante, this was not a theological purpose, but the starting point in the stages of initiation empre ndidas for the arrival of the paradise. 9 vaults are divided, from the Centre, in the following manner: three towards the Avenida de Mayo, three to Hipólito Yrigoyen, the central dome extends the cupola, and containing the stairs towards the sides. Each of the six cross vaults, as well as the two sides contain inscriptions in latin, and fourteen quotes that belong in total to nine separate works, thus, keeping the number that is repeated throughout the Divine Comedy can be distinguished. Some of them belong to Virgil, other Biblical writings. "The letter killeth, the spirit gives life", and "is founded on strong stone", bear witness to the spiritual sense which was built the building, determining its character and function: a secular Temple which promotes the liberal arts. Between the transverse vaults over the columns, are four lamps held by four condors and two dragons, one male and one female, representing the alchemical principles, mercury and sulfur, and their attributes. The central dome is located on a point of bronze that stood, originally, a statue of a condor with the body of the Dante raising it to paradise. The current owner of the piece is a Mar del Plata collector who refuses to sell it to the owners of the building. The upper floors and the dome symbolize the seven levels of purgatory. The dome is inspired by a Hindu temple dedicated to love, and is the emblem of the realization of the union of the Dante with his beloved Beatrice. The land chosen to lift the Palace had an area of 1365 m2 and faces 30,88 meters. With a total of 24 plants (22 floors and 2 underground), 100 metres up to the highest point of the dome is 90 meters, reaching the 100 with a large rotating beacon of 300,000 spark plugs that it towards visible from Uruguay. An own powerhouse autoabastecía it into energy. In the Decade of the ´20, this would make him what today investigationg "intelligent building". From the beginning the Palace caused some perplexity., spoke of "Italian remorse" style, Gothic Castle of sand, or quasi-Gothic Venetian. Construction was completed in 1923 there are guided tours and events
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  • great tour inside the Palace of Italian origin where the verticality is the word dìordine. beautiful original interior furnishings and sopratuttoi fabulous vintage elevators. from thrill to visit the lighthouse on top of the building. I recommend it especially at sunset
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  • Went on a 1.5 hour tour to learn more about the history of the building and see the architectural details of the place. The tour guide is very knowledgeable and does both Spanish and English tour. Also get to go to the tower to enjoy an aerial view of the city. Definitely worth a visit!
  • I'm trying to educate you, to broaden your minds. I know you're not open to epiphany not religious or insight not preordained. At least you will know what you labor so hard to harm. A friend of mine once called me una cucaracha. I can endure anything.
  • Great views of Buenos Aires!! The tour was just ok...
  • It is one of the landmark in BA. It's a good place for you to see the night view in BA. That;s really beautiful!
  • Historical building! Was one of the tallest buildings in Latin America during some good years. They have daily visits and noturno guides. Also some of them you can access to tango shows or wine tasting. Just take a look in their website!

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