This massive government complex is modeled after the US Capitol in Washington DC. Completed in 1906, the Palacio del Congreso is not quite as majestic as the US Capitol, probably because it is not based atop a "Capitol Hill". However, the neoclassical design of the structure is certainly grandiose enough. An elongated dome with a light green exterior caps its central rotunda.
The granite steps that form the base of the building are said to represent the Andes Mountains. The fancy fountain fronting the building represents the vast Atlantic Ocean. The surrounding Plaza del Congreso is not as revered as the Plaza de Mayo to the east, but it is well populated by locals and pigeons hanging about. One block to the south is the Biblioteca del Congreso, a research facility that is open to legislative members as well as the public.
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December 6, 2006
From journal A Piece of Europe in South America
September 4, 2002
From journal Bill in Argentina - BUENOS AIRES