Palacio Barolo is one of the most interesting and unique buildings in Buenos Aires.
It was built by Italian architect Mario Palanti for wealthy textile merchant Luis Barolo. It was finished in 1923 and was at the time the highest building in Buenos Aires. The dome contains a lighthouse with 300,000 lights in it and can be used to transmit messages to the twin building Palacio Salvo in Montevideo, Uruguay.
Palanti had a bit of an obsession with Dante’s Divine Comedy.
The building is filled with allusions to the famous piece of literature.
The lobby represents Hell, and a guided tour will take you up to the lighthouse tower representing God and salvation.
The building height of 100 meters is a reference to each canto and its 22 floors is a reference to verses per song.
You can catch a tour in English or Spanish on Mondays and Thursdays at 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, and 7pm. They also offer nighttime tours for a great view of the city all lit up at night.