Sunday, January 29, 2006

Palacio del Congreso

The Congress building from Buenos Aires, located at the west end of Avenida de Mayo.The architecture is imposing, and its enormous granite steps symbolize the high Andes and the fountain at is base represent the Atlantic Ocean. I've seen the fountain, and what a shame to see it blanketed with graffiti. Completely covered by red paint. It's been said that this dated back from the 1983 military dictatorship, but I think that the 2001 economic crisis has a lot to do as well :( The green-domed Palacio del Congreso costed twice more than its original budget, it is modeled on Washington's Capitol and topped by an 85m dome, the palace was completed in 1906.

5 Comments:

Blogger oblacak said...

Is this the original Thinker?

1/29/2006 11:57:00 AM

 
Blogger Karine said...

This is a copy of Rodin's Thinker. The original stand in the gardens of the Rodin Museum, in Paris.

1/29/2006 12:04:00 PM

 
Blogger Anne said...

Aww it is sad to see historical buildings shamed by graffiti

1/30/2006 01:41:00 AM

 
Blogger Eric said...

I was going to ask a similar question oblacak, but yes Karine is right, the original Thinker is here in Paris. Interesting story Karine. Your blog gets better every day.

1/30/2006 02:20:00 AM

 
Blogger Karine said...

Thanks Eric for your nice comments!! :)

1/30/2006 08:37:00 AM

 

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