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One of the most recognizable buildings in Argentina, the Casa De Gobierno (Governors House) is located in the east end of the Plaza de Mayo. Also known as the Pink House, the original structure (a post office) was built in 1580, with the current structure taking it's shape and color in 1882 under the direction of President Julio Argentino Roca. It's said the building gets its distinctive pink color from a mixture of bovine blood and grease, which was used back in the day to make the building waterproof. There are other stories, of course, but I'll go with this one.

It's quite a remarkable building with the famous balconies where Juan Peron gave his speeches and his wife, the famous Evita Peron also made her appearances. The first statesman to make an appearance on the balcony was President Julio Argentino Roca, who spoke to the people on August 12, 1901, but it was Peron who turned it into a symbol of his relationship with the proletariat.

In 1957 the museum was created to exhibit objects belonging to former presidents and to the government patrimony.

Guided tours are available Monday to Friday, 3pm to 5pm. 4344-3802, but be prepared to show proper ID.

Address: 50 Balcarce Street
Directions: At the end of the Plaza de Mayo
Phone: 4344-3600
Website: http://www.presidencia.gob.ar/visitas-guiadas

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  • Updated May 23, 2004
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