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Do you know architectural tourism?

Walking around some cities allows you to perfectly combine tourism with an appreciation of architectural heritage.

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Rosario Turismo

If you like urban tourism, you'll have already seen several options on  on how to travel in Argentina. In Santa Fe, with Rosario and the provincial capital at the head, there are many variants to enjoy as a tourist and explore  the possibilities offered by urbanity . Architectural tourism emerges in Rosario as one of the strengths of the main city of Santa Fe. A city known for its  nightlife, cultural and industrial,  perhaps not so much for the beauty of its buildings.

We propose, then, a selection of  only some  of the most beautiful buildings in Rosario, to contemplate with tourist eyes.

 Palace Fuentes 

It is one of the great jewels of Rosarina architecture. Built between 1922 and 1927 on the corner of Santa Fe and Sarmiento. He was commissioned by the Spanish immigrant Juan Fuentes to architect J. B. Durand, who managed to combine the characteristics of a luxurious rental building with the claim that the work would last as a landmark in the city.

The corner ochava  has an imposing bronze door  bordered by columns, while the facades protrude reliefs, sculptures and large lampposts. Rising towards the sky, the central tower incorporates a four-quadrant clock and culminates in a vane depicting a plow, symbol of the way Fuentes forged his fortune. It is located  just opposite El Cairo Bar , another iconic site in Rosario. Currently the ground floor and mezzanine give rise to businesses and offices, while on the upper floors there are apartments. On the top floor - the sixth floor - is the house that belonged to the owner. The rooftop, which once offered ample river views, has a set of pergolas that could be enjoyed by all tenants.

 Rosario Stock Exchange 

When it was completed in 1870, this railway terminal was considered one of the most important in the country, and its architecture, with the distinctive Torre del Reloj, has been recycled to give rise to the  Municipal Center of Distrito Centro.  The work refers to the Italian cities in which the tower represents a milestone on an urban scale. It gave rise to the Station Terminal del Ferrocarril Central Argentino and, at the beginning  of the 21st century, was integrated into a policy of valuing  the administrative and district areas of the city.

The entrance hall divides two large wings, linked by a longitudinal circulation reinforced with the presence of the skylight or skylight.  As we said, an element that is part of the city's postcards stands out: La Torre del Reloj , which incorporates verticality as opposed to the horizontality of the whole.

You will find this building in Córdoba 1402. It can be visited from March to December, only with prior shift for delegations and school groups.

 La Agricola 

This centenary building, headquarters of La Agrícola Compañía de Seguros, was built in 1907 and  was the second in height in the city.  The façade stands out for its octagonal corner body topped with a dome. It is located in Córdoba 1399,  but has no visits to and inside so it can only be seen from the outside. 

 Old Customs of the Port 

Where the descent Sargento Cabral flows into Avenida Belgrano, steps from the river is  the imposing building  giving rise to customs. The work joins the Fuente de las Utopias to provide another of the classic postcards of the Rosarino architectural landscape.

The Old Customs of the Port,  today municipal administration,  is a palace designed with an architectural language of strong style  f  ranch . Its façade is of protruding bodies flanked by pilasters of Ionian capital and an important socket saving the unevenness of this area steps from Paraná. Lowered arches crown the windows on the first floor and semicircular on the second floor. It is interesting to enter the  central hall, triple height , which culminates in a light hall.

 In front of him, the famous and mentioned fountain,  inaugurated in late 2004, after its transfer from the Parque de la Independencia estate (former Rural Society). Address: Bajada Sargento Cabral and the river

 The Snow Ball 

It was the tallest building of its time.  From the tower, cinema was projected  towards a screen in the square. On the corner of Cordoba and Laprida stands this building designed by Eduardo Le Monnier in 1906. It has characteristics of academicist architecture mixed with modernist features. It belonged to the insurance company La Bola de Nieve and was the first six-story construction. On the ground floor there was the cigar shop of the Flo brothers, who organized projections from the tower to a screen located in Plaza 25 de Mayo.  There people gathered from the outlying areas of Rosario  attracted by that novel magic that then constituted cinema.

 One of the largest stained glass windows in South America 

This beautiful attraction can be found  in the Spanish Club  (Rioja 1052), a building declared a National Historical Monument. The whole complex is an important part of Rosarino architectural heritage. The skylight is a gigantic iron and vitreaux  skylight  .  It occupies a space of 317 square meters  and covers the central staircase of the building, 25 meters high. This is an engineering creation by Pedro Introini, inaugurated next to the rest of the building in 1916. The design and execution of the stained glass windows, featuring heraldic, zoo and anthropomorphic motifs, were in charge of a workshop of Catalan artists.

Publication Date: 07/07/2020

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