How to really know the most emblematic buildings of Buenos Aires?

Buenos Aires hides secrets in large buildings that, at first glance, doesn´t seem open to the public, but they are; to discover them you just have to hire a guided tour. Take notes and put days and schedules on the agenda.

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How to really know the most emblematic buildings of Buenos Aires?

Nov 18, 2015

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Buenos Aires hides secrets in large buildings that, at first glance, doesn´t seem open to the public, but they are; to discover them you just have to hire a guided tour. Take notes and put days and schedules on the agenda.

1- Courthouse

You don´t need to get in trouble to know the Argentine courthouse, but only enroll in its guided tour on Fridays. You'll know the Argentine judiciary power from the inside. A neoclassical style with Greek and Roman influences, where the workmanship of symmetry is highlighted to inspire opinions and unbiased judgments. It consists of 75 minutes of historical and architectural tour to take place every Friday at 3 pm. How? The tour is free with prior registration by calling 4114-5791 from 10 am to 3 pm on the first working day of the week.


2- La Rural

La Rural is the place where every year the traditional and iconic livestock country show is held. Although today the site has turned into an exhibition center, its historical buildings are alien to the general public and can only be known through guided tours. The tour, called “Joyas del Bicentenario”, comprises the pavilions opened to celebrate the first anniversary of the country in 1910 during the period of greatest stylistic splendor of the city. Registration is free and takes place by mail to visitasguiadas@larural.com.ar. When? Every Tuesday at 3 pm.


3- Colón Theater

You can thrill to the opera, move you to a work of ballet or vibrate with a symphony concert ... But to know the intimate secrets of one of the most important theaters in the world you need to explore their workshops, lounges, stairs and all the behind the scenes of its cultural activities. A walk through history, art and architecture of an almost mystical place. Guided tours are daily from 9 am to 5 pm with a frequency of fifteen minutes. Either in English or Spanish, the tour begins at the Carriage Ride -Tucumán 1171- and costs $ 150. For more information you should call 4378-7127 or write to visitasguiadas@teatrocolon.org.ar.





4- National Congress

Inspire yourself to know where members of the Argentine lower and high chamber work. Independently managed by the two chambers of the legislature and with different paths, guided tours are free and can be in English or Spanish. The Chamber of representatives can be visited from Monday to Saturday at 11 in the morning, or during evening at 1, 3 and 5 pm. The Senate, however, requires prior registration and offers a visit of sixty minutes from Monday to Friday at 12.30 pm or 5 pm. Contact Booking: 4127-7222.


5- Government House

The guided tour is one of the easiest in the city: it´s easy to enter, it's free, there is one every ten minutes and is in Spanish, English and Portuguese. Among the areas covered by the tour are the Hall of the Argentine Women and the Hall of Scientists, both often used in national-chain. The Hall of the Mirrors or White -used to take oaths of the executive branch officials and the Hall of Honor, where the busts of Argentine presidents stand for exhibition. Visits take place on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm and start from Street Balcarce 50.

To note: according to the activities, public open spaces vary every day, but in general, you can walk halls and central courtyards without restrictions.





6- City Legislature

On the other side of Plaza de Mayo, you can find one of the most beautiful and with highest artistic value building of Buenos Aires. Also known as the Palacio Ayerza, it´s one of the exponents of Argentina monumental architecture and comprises exquisite French-inspired rooms. Guided tours are made every day except Thursday, and they´re organized with previous registration writing to visitasguiadas@legislatura.gov.ar.


7- San Martín Palace

Located on the natural cliff of the area, opposite the River Plate, this French-style palace was home to the Anchorena, one of the wealthiest families in Argentina. While it seems a unique complex actually consists of three different residences completely isolated from each other. The guided tour allows astonishment through its architecture and its unique aesthetic details. A walk to feel part of the old Buenos Aires aristocracy. Tours are held every Thursday at 2:30 pm in English and 3 pm in Spanish. To book a place you have to write to ana@cancilleria.gob.ar.


8- Granados Trench (El Zanjón de Granados)

Buenos Aires hides a fascinating underground world. The 1500 square meters of tunnels and corridors that today make up the Trench of Granados were five centuries ago, the beginning of a development that could not be concluded due to attacks by native settlers. The mysterious tour includes a visit inside the Casa Mínima, an extremely narrow house with a romantic balcony. Guided tours are on Sundays every 30 minutes, from 1pm-6 pm. Spanish guides cost $ 55 and $ 75 in English. It´s located at Defensa 755, San Telmo. For more information call 4361-3002.





* Other visits

* Peace Palace (Palacio Paz). Known as the Military Circle; guided tours are conducted in Spanish on Wednesdays through Saturdays at 11 am and Tuesday through Friday at 11 am. English guides are delivered on Thursdays at 3:30 pm. Entrace tickets are paid

* Stock Exchange. A walk through the rooms where country trading takes place. Visits are organized from Monday to Friday at 12 pm, 2 pm and 4 pm, without prior registration and for free. To enter the place you´ll be required to submit an ID and to be dressed according to the classic style of the institution (shorts and sleeveless shirts are not allowed).

* Barolo Palace. The building inspired by the Divine Comedy with hell, purgatory and heaven can be visited by guided tours during day and night. During day it costs $ 135 and guides are delivered on Mondays and Thursdays from 4 pm-7 pm and Saturday from 3pm-6 pm. Goes one per hour and lasts about 45 minutes. Evening guided tours are conducted on Thursdays at 8.30 pm and Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm to enjoy the beautiful landscaped lighthouse dome. The tour costs $ 190. In both cases, it´s required prior registration at info@palaciobarolotours.com.

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