Buenos Aires: Casa Rosada
At the edge of Plaza de Mayo sits the seat of the Argentine government. In a distinct shade of pink.
Don’t cry for me, Argenti-naaahhh. No seriously, don’t. Because I’m having such a good time. Simply being in Argentina seems to warrant singing the Madonna-eternalized song, but I’m more inspired to sing because, today, we’re inside la Casa Rosada, the “Pink House.”
Whereas the U.S. President has The White House, the Argentinian President has The Pink House. Officially called Casa de Gobierno (Government House), the rosy-hued edifice is a national monument often associated with the country’s beloved Eva Perón and her famous balcony speech.
Although Evita’s physical presence in this mansion ended over half a century ago, there remain constant reminders of her residence here. For instance, take the Salón Eva Perón plaque, or, better yet, the large portrait of the First Lady and her husband, President Juan Perón.
This building features beautiful interiors, like in the Salón Blanco (White Salon), that bring you back to the opulence and wealth of another era.
See that chandelier? It weighs 2,750 pounds, holds 196 light bulbs, and was transported here, in pieces, from faraway France.
Less ornate, but equally impressive, is the Hall of Argentine Scientists, where the decor subtly commemorates the achievements of global contributors and Nobel Prize winners. You’ll also find former queens of France on porcelain, and guards holding watch over the plaza…they tie the decor together. ;)
Unfortunately, we can’t enter the Presidential offices, but you’ll want to look up in this part of the building anyway. Why? Oh, just a bit of this….
That long display of stained glass? It lines a ceiling by the Evita salon. Like the Salón Blanco chandelier, it’s also from France; and like the chandelier, it’s illuminated by electricity. Yup, the light above the glass is artificial – placed specifically to showcase the translucent art.
Let’s take a quick look at some other aspects of the interiors, dim corridors highlighted by sunshine streaming through tall arches.
Fun fact: Casa Rosada shares some heritage with Teatro Colon, another iconic building in Buenos Aires; both were architected by Italian Francesco Tamburini. We all know how much of an Italophile I am, which must be why I’m drawn to these buildings. I mean, how could I not be? Take a look at that courtyard.
What a lovely place to enjoy fresh air! But seriously. The courtyard is photogenic from every angle.
May your explorations be filled with interesting angles and courtyards basked in sunshine,