Situated in the heart of Old Buenos Aires, the national congress building is a lasting reminder of the golden age of Buenos Aires. I’ve always thought it was one of the most beautiful buildings in the capital city and so I leapt at the chance to take a tour of the inside.
Construction began in the late 1890’s, but it wasn’t fully completed until the reign of Juan Peron in 1946. The building is quite grand and reflects the opulence that Argentina was privy to during the turn of the 20th century. In one room, for example, the wall and archway were constructed with three different types of stone imported from France, Italy, and Spain. It’s evident that no expense was spared during the construction of this palace of democracy.
Our tour took place in the evening and the building was eerily empty but it was possible to hear a growing protest taking place outside in the plaza. Protesting in Buenos Aires is something of a phenomenon in my humble opinion. A day without a protest in Buenos Aires is like a day when the sun doesn’t rise. It’s actually quite exciting to see so many people constantly mobilized, but I can’t help but be
Our last part of the tour brought us to the congressional library that was spectacular in its own right. The place smelled strongly of the exotic wood that covered nearly every side and looked like it came straight from a Harry Potter novel replete with musty tomes from all over the world.
All in all it was a decidedly cool experience to get a glimpse inside the house of government of Argentina. The only things missing were the legislators themselves but that’s understandable because we all know how much politicians really work once they get elected. Hasta luego…