"Tour of Congreso" El Congreso Tip by Dabs
El Congreso, Buenos Aires: 37 reviews and 77 photos
If you want to go on a tour of Congress, check in advance regarding the times. The first day we showed up, the guard said "manana" and wrote down 4 tours for the following day. We showed up for the 4 pm tour which should have been in English according to our guidebook but it was cancelled so we took the tour in Spanish so that we could see the interior. I wish I understood more Spanish, it seemed like the guide was giving an incredibly thorough tour of the three rooms that we visited, the Congressional Chamber, the library and one other room. We did not get to see pink Salon de Rosado or the Senate chambers that are listed in our guidebook as being open to the public, it may depend on what is going on in the building that day. One of the men on our tour got into a heated discussion with the guide about why they could only show us a picture of the Senate and not take us in. The guide won the argument :-)
Congreso is an impressive building from the outside as well, it incorporates elements from the US Capitol (the dome and wings), the Garnier Opera House in Paris (the roofline)and the topping of the four horse Triumph from the Bradenburg Gate in Berlin.
One of the main architects, incidentally, was Victor Meano who was also involved in the design of the Teatro Colon, he was murdered in a love triangle gone sour before either building was completed. You can see the resemblance of the Congressional chamber to a theater with upper floor areas that look like theater boxes and Greek columns lining the walls.
Address: Entre Rios and Callao at Rivadavia
Directions: Subte station: Congreso, entrance should be on the Rivadavia side of the building
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