May Avenue and Barolo Palace

May Avenue and Barolo Palace

Sight included on our Buenos Aires Free City Tour

It is very interesting to cross this avenue because it represents the axis of the historical and civic center of Buenos Aires, it opens way along 14 blocks and was projected during the Intendance of Torcuato de Alvear. And took 15 years to build, between 1888 and 1894. Construction on Avenida de Mayo was regulated by ordinances that governed the height and facades to maintain some consistency between their buildings. However, the legislation was flexible enough to allow buildings to be installed and a variety of styles that marked the years 1890 to 1930. Most of these buildings are important to the country because of its historical value, architectural originality, curiosities and myths Urban areas that make them stand out. Among the best known buildings are the Tortoni Café and the Barolo Palace.

The Barolo Palace was inaugurated in 1923 and was until 1936 the highest in Buenos Aires. It was built along with another building in Montevideo, the Palace Savio, and whose lighthouse would also communicate with the Barolo Palace guiding duo boats the Rio de la Plata.

The building is full of analogies and references to the Divine Comedy: it is divided into three parts like the work of Dante, Hell depicted on the ground floor; The Purgatory on floors 1 to 14 (7 being the capital sins and each two floors representing 1 capital sin) and the Paradise represented in the floors 14 to 22 (8 floors which is the number of planets that Dante knew about the year 1300) . On the road to paradise there is no elevator, from the dome to the lighthouse is climbed by a stairway that the higher, narrower it is, symbolizing that the ascent to paradise is extremely complicated; Even the body must be shrunk so as not to hit its head, as if bowing.

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