Palace of the National Congress of Argentina
Argentina, Buenos Aires

The Palace of the National Congress is located in the heart of Buenos Aires on Congress Square, next to the Cassa Rosada - the residence of the President of Argentina. Both buildings are open to visitors, and excursions are free, but with the obligatory accompaniment of a guide. The building is the current headquarters of the Argentine Parliament.
The construction of the present palace began in 1897 and was completed only in 1946. The design of the first building of the national congress was developed in 1862 and fully implemented two years later. However, after the construction of the National Mortgage Bank building nearby, the old Congress building was partially demolished, and it was decided to build a new, larger facility. Among the twenty-eight architectural projects that participated in the international competition, Vittorio Meano, an Italian architect whose name bears one of the streets next to the congress palace, won. The material for the construction of the building, made in the Greco-Roman style, was Argentinean granite. The prototype of the Congress building in Argentina was the building of the US Congress. After the tragic death of the Italian, the project was led by the Belgian Jules Dormal. The official opening of the new palace took place in May 1906, however, finishing work continued for many more years. The illumination of the main dome was established only in 1930, and work in the building was completed only by 1946 after facing the dome. The copper-covered dome is the most remarkable part of the palace, its height reaches eighty meters, and a crown with chimeras is installed on the top.
The main premises of the palace are accessible for tourists. The chamber of the Chamber of Deputies has an amphitheater with three galleries, two of which are open to the public. The Blue Hall is an octagonal room located under the very dome of the palace. The library, with a collection of more than a million volumes, the Pink Hall and the Senate Conference Hall, which is an amphitheater with two floors of galleries. The interior of the Congress is striking in its splendor. Its decoration used such valuable materials as Carrara marble and Italian walnut.
The square in front of the National Congress is a favorite vacation spot for residents of Buenos Aires. On weekends, the square sells decorative products of local craftsmen, and attractions for children work.

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