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Do you know the Casa Rosada?

West Facade: It is the best known front of the Government House.

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 Chapter 1: West Facade. 

It is the best known front of the  Government House  that faces the   Plaza de Mayo   .

It stands out a large double height central arch crowned by a neo-Renaissance style loggia designed by the Italian architect  Francisco Tamburini  in 1884 at the request of President  Julio Argentino Roca  to merge the buildings of the  Government House  and the  Post Office Palace .

At the top of the central arch, you can see the  National Shield , and above it, in high relief, the shields of the fourteen provinces that made up  Argentina in 1853. Between the columns of the central loggia, two female allegorical sculptures represent the  Republic and Justice .

On the first floor of the north wing, there are two loggias and a main balcony frequently used by presidents and scenario of important events.

In the center, in the highest part, under the mast where the national flag flies, there is a clock inaugurated in 2010 for the celebrations of the Bicentennial of the  May Revolution . It already appeared in the original plans presented by  Tamburini , but it had never been placed.

Since the building is located on a canyon, this façade has three floors, while the opposite facing the  Rio de la Plata has four floors.

The House has been surrounded, since 2005, by a perimeter fence that has the main function of integrating it into Plaza  Colón  and all its surroundings. It was located twenty-five meters from the façade, and exhibits the  National Shield  and the coats of arms of all the provinces.

Source: Casa rosada.gob.ar

Publication Date: 10/06/2020

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