Dante’s Inferno in Buenos Aires downtown

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One thing I absolutely love about Argentina, Buenos Aires especially, is that we can find incredible historical places on almost every corner just by taking a walk. Palacio Barolo is one of these fantastic surprises. It is a famous landmark built between 1919 and 1923 and designed by the Italian architect Mario Palanti. The building was commissioned by the Italian businessman Luis Barolo, who wanted to create a tribute to Dante Alighieri, the famous Italian poet.

The Palacio Barolo is designed in the neogothic style, popular in the early 20th century. The building is divided into three distinct sections, each of which is dedicated to one of Dante’s works: the Inferno, the Purgatory, and the Paradise. The building is also adorned with many ornate details, including sculptures, reliefs, and stained glass windows. Walking around the building you can feel the art on the walls and taking the elevators you have a tour into the past.
Visitors to the Palacio Barolo can take a guided tour – we stroooongly recommend it!!! – of the building, which includes a visit to the top of the building’s lighthouse, which you must climb the stairs to it. On the last floors, there is no elevator available, so I hope you’ve got some legs. From there, visitors can enjoy panoramic views of the city of Buenos Aires. The tour also includes a visit to the building’s museum, which showcases the history and architecture of the Palacio Barolo.
view of the lighthouse

There are some other interesting stories around Barolo, not the building, but Luis. It is told that he killed himself to honor Dante because the building was not completed by his death anniversary. And not only he killed himself as “a sacrifice” to his masterpiece but he also did it diving into the hall of the Palacio. Well, this is a story better heard around the visit.
Palacio Barolo is not only an important landmark in Buenos Aires but also a symbol of the close relationship between Italy and Argentina. The building has been designated a National Historic Monument of Argentina and is a popular destination for tourists worldwide. And a must-see place to visit here.
view of the hall

You can book your tour by clicking here:
I hope you got curious and you know, keep tripping!

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.

Albert Camus

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