Belle Epoque Palaces & Architecture of Buenos Aires
From the comfort of an air-conditioned coach view some of Buenos Aires' most significant private and public buildings. These beautiful landmarks were built between 1890 and 1930, and were mostly early homes of the most famous families of Buenos Aires. Begin with the Museum of Decorative Arts, former home to the Errazuriz-Alvear Chilean-Argentine family. They decorated their home in eclectic style from neo-Classical to Louis XIV, and from Rococo to Louis XVI. Circulo Militar is a building that was designed in Paris and built in Buenos Aires for the Paz family—owners of the newspaper La Prensa. Its design, size and ornamentation are spectacular. Today it is used for public and private activities. The French Embassy was owned by the Ortiz Basualdo family until 1939 and the Brazilian Embassy by the Pereda family until 1944. The Vatican Embassy was the home of the Fernandez de Anchorenas family—all wonderful examples of French influence in the city's architecture. The Palacio San Martin—today the Foreign Affairs ministry—belonged to the Anchorena family, and the Palacio Estrougamou is now a condominium building. Many others are used now for business and social events, such as the Bencich and Aberg Cobo homes, among others. During the tour, you will make at least one inside visit .
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