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An Architectural Masterpiece

In the Montserrat neighborhood of Buenos Aires is a stunning building that will captivate your imagination. Although built in the 1920s as a commercial building, both the owner (an Italian immigrant and textile magnate named Luis Barolo) and the architect, Mario Palanti, shared a passion for the poet Dante Alighieri, author of The Divine Comedy. A mixture of neo-romantic and neo-Gothic styles, plus a dome in the Budanishar Indian tradition, the building is packed with symbolism referring to Dante, from the monster sculptures to the nine arches on the ground floor, symbolizing the circles of Hades described in the "Inferno." When completed, it was the tallest building in the city at 22 stories, a height that required a special waiver. Since then, its height has been surpassed, but not its beauty. Guided tours are available, which provide details on the history and symbolism of this beautiful building.

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* Guided tours of the building are available, more information can be found here. The response to phone call reservations is better.

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