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"Presidential Palace (Casa Rosada)" Casa Rosada Tip by Bwana_Brown

Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires: 53 reviews and 65 photos

  The Distant Casa Rosada
by Bwana_Brown

Originally built in 1580 on a fortified location beside the Rio de la Plata, the Casa Rosada now houses the real seat of power in Argentina. A lot of things have changed over the years including a face-lift by an Italian architect to give the building an Italian/French appearance. Also, landfills along the river over the centuries, including land for the now fashionable Puerto Madero district, place the Palace about one kilometer from the river.

Fronting onto the large Plaza de Mayo, the balcony of the Casa Rosada (Pink House) has seen many historic speeches by the leaders of Argentina, including Juan and Eva Peron. In fact, Juan Peron was the Argentine military attache in Germany during the years when Hitler made his run up to power. He absorbed how Hitler (and Mussolini) were able to develop a devoted 'cult following' by means of speeches before massed audiences. Peron put that experience to use when he returned to Argentina and made his bid for power.

Public tours of the building are now available since the end of the military dictatorship. It was about 11:30 AM by the time we had walked this far from our hotel, so we continued onward for a closer look at Plaza de Mayo.

Address: Balcarce 50, 1064 Buenos Aires, Argentina
Directions: Along the waterfront and beside Plaza de Mayo in the San Nicolas district
Phone: +54 11 4344-3600

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 16, 2005
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