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Do you know architectural tourism?

Walking through some cities allows you to perfectly combine tourism with the appreciation of architectural heritage.

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Rosario Turismo

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

We propose, then, a selection of just 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. It was commissioned by the Spanish immigrant Juan Fuentes to the architect J. B. Durand, who managed to combine the characteristics of a luxurious rental building with the intention that the work would last as a landmark of the city.

The eighteenth corner has an imposing bronze door bordered by columns, while the facades stand out reliefs, sculptures and large street lamps. Rising to the sky, the central tower incorporates a four-quadrant clock and culminates in a weather vane depicting a plow, symbol of the way Fuentes forged his fortune. It is located right in front of the Cairo bar, another emblematic place of Rosario. Currently the ground floor and mezzanine give rise to business and offices, while on the upper floors there are apartments. On the top floor - the sixth - is the house that belonged to the owner. The roof, which once had ample views of the river, has a set of pergolas that could be enjoyed by all tenants.

Rosario Stock Exchange

When the construction was completed in 1870, this railway terminal was considered one of the most important in the country. Its architecture, with the distinctive Clock Tower, has been recycled to give rise to the Municipal Center of the Central District.The work refers to Italian cities in which the tower represents an urban pillar . It gave rise to the Argentine Central Railway Terminal Station and, at the beginning of the 21st century, it 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 by the presence of a 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 Cordoba 1402. It can be visited from March to December, only with previous shift for delegations and school groups.

The Farm

This centennial building, the headquarters of La Agrícola Compañía de Seguros, was built in 1907 and was the second highest in the city.The façade stands out for its octagonal corner body topped with dome . It is located in Córdoba 1399, but does not have visits to and inside so it can only be seen from the outside.

Old Port Customs

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

The Old Customs of the Port, today municipal administration, is a palace designed with a strong architectural language of style .Rancés. Its façade is of protruding bodies flanked by pilasters of Ionian capital and an important plinth, bridging the unevenness of this area, steps from the Paraná. Recessed arches crown the windows on the first floor and half-point on the second floor. It is interesting to enter the central hall, triple height, which culminates in a skylight.

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

The Snowball

It was the tallest building of its time. From the tower cinema was projected towards a screen of the square. On the corner of Córdoba and Laprida stands this building designed by Eduardo Le Monnier in 1906. It has features 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 a cigarette shop of the Flo brothers, who organized projections from the tower to a screen located in Plaza 25 de Mayo. There gathered people coming from the suburbs of Rosario attracted by the 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 Historic Monument. The entire complex is an important part of the architectural heritage of Rosarino. The skylight is a gigantic skylight of iron and vitreaux. It occupies a space of 317 square meters and covers the central staircase of the building, 25 meters high. It 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, which presents heraldic, zoo and anthropomorphic motifs, were carried out by a workshop of Catalan artists.

Publication Date: 07/07/2020

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