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One of the city's finest and most emblematic buildings
Built in 1923, Palacio Barolo is a neo-Gothic allegorical tribute to the 100 cantos of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Hell is on the ground floor: Latin inscriptions taken from nine different literary works represent the nine infernal circles and are engraved on the entrance hall’s nine vaults.
Above, the first 14 floors comprise Purgatory (and if you get stuck in one of the picturesque but temperamental lifts, you’ll know what it’s like to be a soul in waiting) while Paradise can be found in the upper reaches. At the very top is a domed lighthouse, representing God.
It was built as, and remains as, office space but visitors can step inside the entrance hall to see the gargoyles. Ask at the desk about guided tours, some of which are led by English-speaking guides.
Avenida de Mayo 1370, Buenos Aires
Open Hours: Mondays and Thursdays each hour from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Price: Cost money