Buenos Aires from the heights

To get acquainted with a city, walking around its streets and neighbourhoods is completely necessary.

Now, you think you know everything about Buenos Aires, don’t you? Well, climb up a high bulding and take a look again.

Floor 19 of the Comega Building, San Nicolás

With 21 floors and 88-meter height, this building was the first reinforced concrete skyscraper in Buenos Aires. It was inaugurated in 1934. Architects Enrique Douillet and Alfredo Joselevich designed this building with rationalist style. The inner part of the Comega is covered with travertine stone; many walls were made of stainless steel and some floors and walls are recovered with black marble. On the 19th floor, there is a restaurant that can be visited: A222

What to look? The river; the Ecologic Reservoir; the building of the Post Office; the towers of Puerto Madero; Colonia, Uruguay.

Av. Corrientes 222: www.a222.com.ar

Galería Güemes, San Nicolás

Inaugurated in 1915, the building of the gallery enhanced the skyline of the downtown city. It has fourteen floors and a windowed balcony in the highest part. In 2006, the domes, marbles and bronzes of the Galería Güemes were restored. The story of Julio Cortázar “Todos los fuegos el fuego” depicts the environment of the gallery in the end of the 1920. On the basement, in 1917, Carlos Gardel gave a performance.

What to look? The domes of the Roque Sáenz Peña avenue, Florida street, and downtown city.

Florida 165, San Martín 170: www.galeriaguemes.com.ar

Palacio Barolo, Monserrat

The building was inaugurated in 1923. Its architect, the Italian Mario Palanti, and its owner, the Italian textile businessman Luis Barolo, were fans of Dante and did a project, which failed, whose main purpose was to claim the remains of the writer in order to bury them in the middle of the alley that links the street Hipólito Yrigoyen with Avenida de Mayo. As the Comedy, the Palace is divided into three parts: the Hell, Purgatory and Heaven; it has one meter height, as well as the total number of cantos of the book. The lighthouse represents nine choirs and the mystical rose of the poem. In Montevideo there is a twin building of the Barolo, also by architect Palanti: the Salvo Palace. What to look? The Congress, squares Congreso, Moreno and Lorea: the Obelisk, the red domes of the La Inmobiliaria; the art nouveau building of the Hotel Chile.

Av. de Mayo 1370, Monserrat

Torre de la Legislatura , Monserrat

The work of the headquarters of the Legislative power of the City was finished in 1931. Architects Eduard Le Monnier and Héctor Ayerza, were inspired by the French neoclassicism of the 18th century. In the building, there are an open library and a newspaper file that can be visited by everyone. In the 97 – metre high tower, there is a Westminster watch with four spheres with a diameter of four metres and a half. The clock is linked to the five bells: La Santa María, La Pinta, La Niña, La Porteña and La Argentina, the greatest one with 1.800 kilos. Other carillon of German origin, 30 bells and more than 27 tons, can be used to play melodies through the wooden keyboard located in the tower. What to look? The Plaza de Mayo and the surrounding buildings, the heart of Downtown city, the domes of the church of San Ignacio; al the southern part, the oldest part of the city of Buenos Aires.

Peru 160, Monserrat

Club Alemán , San Nicolás

One block away from the Comega Building, the restaurant of the Club Alemán – on the 21st flor- opens between 12 and 4pm from Monday to Friday. The menu includes Central European dishes and a classic “puchero”.

Av. Corrientes 327 Piso 21, San Nicolás: www.clubaleman.com.ar

National Library, Recoleta

The project by architects Clorindo Testa, Francisco Bullrich and Alicia Cazzaniga won a public contest in 1961, but the building of the library was inaugurated in 1992. The national library is located on a ravine within one of the most sophisticated zones of the city. On the fifth floor, together with a reading room, there is a window with an excellent view. To get into, personal documentation is required.

What to look? Avenues of del Libertador and Figueroa Alcorta, the parks, the harbour, the river.

Agüero 2502, Recoleta

Source: Tourism Portal, Ente Turismo de Buenos Aires – http://www.bue.gov.ar

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