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Abasto Shopping Center, Buenos Aires

Location on the map:   Interesting facts: » Abasto Shopping Center is one of the biggest shopping centers in Buenos Aires.
» From 1893 to 1894 the building has been the center of the wholesale trade in fruits and vegetables in the city.
» Since 1999, the building was transformed into the largest shopping center.
» Currently, the mall consists of 174 stores.
» Such brands as Lacoste, Adidas, Nike, Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, New Man, and many others are represented in the mall.

Argentine National Congress, Buenos Aires

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» Argentine National Congress is the building, where meetings of the National Congress of Argentina are held.
» National Congress Palace was built in the neoclassical style. An interesting feature of the building is a dome that is 80 meters high and weighs 30,000 tons.
» The dome of the National Congress is adorned with the crown with chimeras.
» The edges of the gable of the palace are decorated with sculptures of winged lions, and the emblem of Argentina on top of it.
» The platform decorated with ornaments is situated over the attic; the bronze chariot that is 8 meters high can be seen there. The chariot is driven by four horses, which symbolize the triumph of the republic.

Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires

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» The Casa Rosada is the official residence of the president of Argentina.
» The building acts as a museum, which houses exhibits related to the former presidents of Argentina.
» The palace is declared a National Historic Landmark in Argentina.
» One of the most famous attractions of the palace is the Rivadavia Hall. That’s the office of the President, named after the first president of the country.
» There is a hall of busts in the palace, which houses many marble busts of the Presidents of Argentina made by different artists at different times. However, the list of presidents in this room isn’t complete, as there are busts only of those heads of state who have been elected legitimately.

King Fahd Mosque, Buenos Aires

Location on the map:   Interesting facts: » The King Fahd Mosque is the Argentinian center of Islamic culture situated in Buenos Aires.
» King Fahd Mosque is the largest Islamic religious building in Latin America, after the mosque in Caracas.
» The center was named in honor of Saudi Arabia's King Fahd bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud.
» Islamic Cultural Center was opened in 2000. It was designed by architect Zuhair Faiz from Saudi Arabia.
» The mosque includes prayer halls with a capacity of 1,200 men and 400 women.

Madero Harbour, Buenos Aires

Location on the map:   Interesting facts: » The Madero Harbor is one of the objects of Puerto Madero project, the essence of which is to re-use and develop the territory of the old port of Buenos Aires.
» Madero Harbor is the high-rise building occupied by offices, schools, residences, hotels, spa center, swimming pools, a helipad, green spaces, garages and a shopping center featuring a supermarket, a fitness center and cinemas.
» Madero Harbor is one of the major business projects in Latin America.

Metropolitan Cathedral, Buenos Aires

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» The Metropolitan Cathedral of Buenos Aires is the main Catholic church in Argentina built in Classicist style.
» Since the 16th century, the cathedral has been rebuilt many times. The precious statue of the 18th century, the altars, as well as a large amount of jewelry in the style of Neo-Renaissance and Neo-Baroque have survived at the cathedral.
» The Metropolitan Cathedral contains the tomb of the national hero of the Argentina, General Jose de San Martin.
» The tomb of Archbishop Leon Federico Aneyros is in the left wing of the building.
» The cathedral features 14 paintings by the Italian Francesco Domenigini depicting religious procession.
» The floor of the temple is decorated with Venetian mosaic, designed by Italian Carlo Morro in 1907.

Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Buenos Aires

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» Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes would certainly attract art lovers. The museum exposition occupies 24 exhibition halls on three floors; the collection of the museum is considered one of the best in Latin America.
» Exhibition halls of the museum house works by El Greco, Goya, Rodin, Rembrandt, Picasso, Rubens and many others, as well as widely known Argentine artists.
» In total, the museum's collection includes over 12,000 works, but at the same time demonstrates no more than 700, so the exposition of the museum is constantly updated.
» You can also visit a specialized library at the museum, where more than 150,000 volumes of books on art are represented.

Museum of Decorative Arts, Buenos Aires

Location on the map:   Interesting facts: » The Museum of Decorative Arts was created in 1937.
» The museum houses twelve exhibition halls and nine permanent collections with more than 4,000 exhibits.
» The museum can boast famous paintings, sculptures, numerous Chinese vases, tapestries, porcelain, and furniture of the 18th century.
» The collection is also complemented by temporary exhibitions.
» The museum holds regular choral concerts.

Museum of Natural Sciences, Buenos Aires

Location on the map:   Interesting facts: » The Museum of Natural Sciences is the oldest museum in the country, built in 1823 on the initiative of the first president of Argentina Bernardino Rivadavia.
» The museum occupies a magnificent mansion in the Italian style.
» Exhibits in the museum are distributed over 15 exhibition halls and grouped by species or habitats.
» The museum has the Hall of Dinosaurs, where skeletons of ancient dinosaurs, collected mainly from the bones found by museum staff in the course of excavations in Patagonia, are represented.

Obelisco, Buenos Aires

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» Obelisco is the national historic landmark and the hallmark of Buenos Aires.
» Obelisco was erected in May 1936 in honor of the fourth centenary of the founding of the city.
» The obelisk is 67 meters high, and its base occupies 49 square meters.
» The obelisk designed by architect Alberto Prebisch was built in just 4 weeks.
» Obelisco is one of the most iconic places in the city and the venue of many cultural events. Traditionally sports fans come there to celebrate the victory of their favorite team.

Palacio Barolo, Buenos Aires

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» Palacio Barolo is the high-rise office building located on Avenida de Mayo in the area of Montserrat in Argentina.
» At the time of construction in 1923, this building has been the tallest in Buenos Aires and throughout South America.
» Since 1997, the Palacio Barolo has been a national historical monument.
» Currently, the building houses several travel agencies, Spanish language school for foreigners, a store that sells clothes for tango, offices of accountants, lawyers, etc. In total, about 520 organizations work in Palacio Barolo.
» The height of the building is 100 meters. Palacio Barolo has 22 floors.
» Architect Mario Palant constructing the skyscraper was inspired by Dante’s Divine Comedy. Floors of the building are divided into three sections: the basement symbolizes hell, floors 1st to the 14th are an allegory of purgatory, and floors 15 to 22 minutes symbolize paradise. Lighthouse, located on the top of the tower, features the sculpture called Nine Ranks of Angels.

Palacio de Justicia, Buenos Aires

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» Built in the 1890s, Palacio de Justicia was designed by architect Norbert Maillart; the building was built in Greco-Roman style.
» In 1942, Palacio de Justicia housed the national court in Argentina.
» The statue of the goddess Themis, which symbolizes justice and fairness, can be seen in the main hall of the Palacio de Justicia.
» Typically, the courthouse is open to the public, but numerous demonstrations and protests forced local authorities to place patrols and security all around Palacio de Justicia, so tourists temporarily can’t get inside this magnificent and very beautiful palace.

Teatro Colon, Buenos Aires

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» Teatro Colón is the main opera house in Buenos Aires.
» The theatre occupies the third place among the best opera houses in the world by the National Geographic, and in terms of acoustics, the theater is one of the five best concert venues in the world.
» Theater season lasts from May to December.
» There were many famous singers of the 20st century: Caruso, Gobbi, Del Monaco, Tebaldi and others at the theater.
»  Russian classic have always occupied a significant place in the repertoire of the theater. Boris Godunov and Demon, Eugene Onegin, Queen of Spades, Sadko and other operas are staged there.

Torre Monumental, Buenos Aires

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» Torre Monumental is the clock tower built by the Argentine of British origin as a gift to Buenos Aires to mark the centenary of the May Revolution in 1810.
» The tower was built in the Palladian style. The building is decorated with symbols of the British Empire, including thistle, rose of Tudor, the Red Dragon of Wales and shamrock of Ireland.
» The tower reaches a height of 75.5 meters and has eight floors.
» Turret clock is mounted at height of 35 m.
» The bell tower mimics the one of Westminster Abbey.
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