Palacio Barolo

sights / Architecture

Palacio Barolo information

Buenos Aires , Argentina
Address
Street Av de Mayo 1370
Telephone
+54 4381 1885
More information
www.palaciobarolo.com
Prices
standard tours AR$80, longer tours incl glass of wine AR$150
Opening hours
standard tours 4-7pm Mon-Thu, longer tours 8pm Wed & Fri & 8:30pm Thu
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Lonely Planet review

One of the Congreso area’s most striking buildings is this 22-story concrete edifice. The building’s unique design was inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy ; its height (100m) is a reference to each canto (or song), the number of its floors (22) to verses per song and its divided structure to hell, purgatory and heaven.

Palacio Barolo was commissioned by cotton tycoon Luis Barolo and designed by Italian architect Mario Palanti. Finished in 1923, it was Buenos Aires’ highest skyscraper (until construction of Edificio Kavanagh, in Retiro). At the top is a lighthouse with an amazing 360-degree view of the city.