CONGRESS BUILDING

CONGRESS BUILDING

Sight included on our Buenos Aires Free City Tour

Congress Palace

The Congress Palace of the Argentine Nation was initially located on one of the sides of the Plaza de Mayo, which ends at the Casa Rosada which is the seat of the Executive Branch, but its dimensions were small and during the creation of the Avenue Of May at the beginning of the XX century, it was thought to finish it with a new building for the seat of the Legislative Power, in such a way that the new avenue had to those two powers of the state in each one of the headers.

Thus was created Plaza del Congreso and the new building for the Palace of Congress, finishing the plaza in its West.

The dome of the Palace, eighty meters high, can be seen from the Avenida de Mayo, in an unrivaled urban perspective. Its reticulated structure of iron rests on a basement of four porticoes and is covered in copper that, in contact with the atmosphere, acquires its characteristic green color.
The Library of Congress was founded in 1859 to assist the legislators of both Houses, researchers and the public. The reading room was inaugurated in 1917. It is entirely covered in Italian walnut, carved and polished, from the walls, shelves and railings to the first floor. It highlights a valuable watch gift given by the Infanta Isabel de Borbón in 1910.

There are guided tours from Monday to Saturday at scheduled times to visit the building and know its architectural wealth and anecdotes of the events there

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