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Palacio Barolo information
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.