Congreso
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Dominating the plaza in which it sits, the stately capitol building is modeled after the White House in Washington DC.
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product-of-canada
Toronto, Canada2,389 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Our hotel was very close to this attraction, and so we walked by a few times. Even if it weren't so convenient, I would say it is worth exploring the area. The property/park at the front of the building is nice, with a Rodin 'The Thinker' sculpture. Palacio Barolo is very close by as well. We also watched a show, Piaf, at Teatro Liceo. This was an amazing experience.

I really wanted to do the tour of the interior, and it was difficult to find reliable information (I common theme, I find, in South American countries). Even walking tour guides said we could do the tour. But eventually we found out that it was closed to tours during our visit due to construction.
Written February 18, 2024
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Reservarlden
London, UK354 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Take an hour to tour the magnificent Congreso building. Tours in Spanish with several in English at varying times. Learn about the building, its interior decorations, the history of democracy in Argentina. Not to be missed.
Written January 18, 2024
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Michael A
Nassau, New Providence Island1,899 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
The Congresso Building is worth a look if you're in Monserrat. However, it is not worth going out of your way to see.
Written April 10, 2023
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PBPG
Yorkshire, UK6,010 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
A truly magnificent building, El Congresso is the Capitol building of Argentina and it dominates the surrounding square
Written January 31, 2023
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Wesley C
Tucson, AZ9,878 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Congreso Nacional is Argentina's beautiful domed capitol and the seat of its national legislature. Inspired by the US Capitol -- using the same architect as the Teatro Colon. Building was inaugurated in 1906. Situated to face the Casa Rosada at the other end of the Avenida de Mayo, Symbolic reminder that political power does not only belong to the President but also to the people (who are represented in the Congreso). I didn't tour the interior.
Written January 22, 2023
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2,342 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Congresso offers free tours in English but it depends if an English speaking guide shows up for the day. Our bed and breakfast hostess called the morning of and luckily, the English speaking tour was on. The website was not accurate on the tours times so you really need to call to make sure of the times. This building was modeled after the US Capitol Building. It was difficult to take a good photo as it was covered in scaffolding. Our tour had four people and was only conducted in English. It was an informative tour of the Senate Chamber, the Chamber of Deputies, and the Pink Room. Entrance is on the left side of the building. You will need to bring your passport and go through security. Photos without flash are allowed once you get past security.
Written April 25, 2020
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Queen J
California2,160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
El Congreso de La Nacion is easily reached in about 6 minutes using the metro (subte) Line A from Plaza de Mayo. The Congreso subway stop is a 1 minute walk from the building, but I recommend getting off one stop earlier at Saenz Pena and approaching the building through the plaza.

The Plaza in front of the Congress building is pretty and features green grass spaces, a fountain, and several statues and monuments, including one that marks the zero kilometer center of Argentina. Don't miss Rodin's "The Thinker" statue cast from the original mold with his signature. The large bronze and stone Monumento de los Dos Congresos represents Argentina's bicameral Congress with two bronze female figures symbolizing the Assembly of 1813 and the Congress of Tucumán in 1816.

Unfortunately, the Congress building facade hides behind construction tarps, so it is not possible to see the marble statues symbolizing Peace, Justice, Liberty and Progress which flank the grand entrance. Visitors can view only part of the roof's 26 ft bronze chariot driven by Victoria, the Roman goddess of victory. However, the 80 meter bronze-plated dome can easily be seen from the plaza.

Visitors enter from the side of the building at Hipólito Yrigoyen 1849. Reserving a time slot for a free tour online is not possible, but it really isn't necessary. You can simply show up 15 or 20 minutes before the tour.

We arrived 15 minutes before the 5pm tour on a Monday in mid-December, and it was plenty of time to sign up. Backpacks must be checked in the lobby, but small purses and cameras are allowed. You MUST bring a government-issued photo ID to be admitted into the building. Pocket items and purses pass through an X-ray machine while visitors step through a metal detector.

The National Congress building can only be visited with a guided tour. Two free tour options are offered - the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies. The Senate tours are every weekday (EXCEPT Wednesdays) at 12.30pm and 5.00pm from Hipolito Yrigoyen 1849. The Chamber of Deputies tour is Monday, Tuesday, and Friday at 1.00pm and 3.00pm from Rivadavia 1864.

There are only a few rooms open right now because the rest of the building is undergoing renovations which will take several years to complete. I suspect that the two separate tours have been combined into the same tour because we saw both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate. *The library, Hall of Lost Steps, and Blue Room are not open to visitors at this time.

We went on the Senate tour at 5pm, and it took roughly one hour. The tour guide was very friendly and spoke in Spanish, followed by excellent English. We were allowed to take lots of pictures and ask questions.

The tour visited the foyer inside, where a replica of the bronze chariot statue on the roof of the building is explained by the guide. The chambers of both houses - modeled after the US houses of Congress - are visited and explained. While visitors cannot walk amongst the rows of the house seats, they are close enough to the nearest row to see the desks and equipment. The meaning of the Argentine seal and other symbolic decor is explained, as well as the small paintings in the decor that borders the stained-glass dome above the Chamber of Deputies.

Next, visitors see the pink Salón Rosado, now called the Salón Eva Perón. She opened this room after women received the right to vote, so that women politicians could sit in private and freely discuss feminist issues. Upon her death in 1952, Evita's body was temporarily placed under the Congreso's central rotunda so that mourning citizens could pay their respects.

If you have an interest in history, government, or impressive architecture and decor, I strongly recommend taking this free tour.
Written April 9, 2020
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GPaCalgary
Calgary, Canada2,262 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We were able to get from our tour guide an excellent historical review of the history of this impressive building. Definitely worh a look even if you are unable to get inside.
Written January 30, 2020
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WorldTravelers34
Chicago, IL2,469 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
This is worth seeing when in Buenos Aires. Following a decade of construction, the National Congress opened in 1906. It was built in a Greco-Roman style and displays similarities to well-known edifices from around the world. Standing at the main steps you will observe its likeness to Washington’s U.S. Capitol. Be sure and gaze up at the bronze figures on the four corners of the building complex, which symbolize victory and peace. The Congreso de la Nacion Argentina (National Congress) is a must-see for any visitor to Buenos Aires with an interest in experiencing a slice of Argentina’s political history and a passion for architecture.
Written January 21, 2020
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mcitaly2016
Milan, Italy933 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Palacio del Congreso is overlooking a green area starting at the end of the Avenida de Mayo. The architecture is neo-classic with Italian influence, with a large cupola that makes it a city landmark. When we visited there were works, and the facade is not visible. Possible to visit through reservations.
Written January 5, 2020
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