Palacio Barolo, Dantean madness

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Palacio Barolo, Dantean madness

On the famous Avenida de Mayo, the Palacio Barolo displays its thousand and one facets to the passersby of Buenos Aires.

Built between 1919 and 1923, the building is the work of a particularly talented madman. Luis Barolo, a textile magnate, hired architect Mario Palanti to draw up the plans of this surprising building on a prestigious avenue in Buenos Aires. The Palacio Barolo became the tallest building in South America before being dethroned a few years later by the Kavanagh, a vast apartment tower in the Retiro district.

The eccentricity of the work is not limited only to its excessiveness and eclecticism, in fact it is not only superficially Dantean, but really does pay homage to the Italian poet Dante and his Divine Comedy. First, as the poem was written between 1307 and 1322, Barolo did everything in his power to build his palace between the numbers 1300 and 1400 of the Avenida de Mayo. The different levels of the Palacio Barolo are even divided into three parts: hell, purgatory and paradise, the latter being topped by a lighthouse inspired by the Tantric union between Dante and his muse, Beatrice. Can you find the dozens of other references made to the poet?

Palacio Barolo
Avenida de Mayo 1370 9° Esc. 249/52
Buenos Aires

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