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Mysterious Palacio Barolo Looms Over Avenida de Mayo


By Michael Luongo
Argentina Travel Expert, about.com
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Palacio Barolo has long been one of my favorite buildings in Buenos Aires. Here on About.com Argentina Travel, we have a two part interview with Tomas Tharigen, who along with his brother Miqueas run tours of this incredible must see and incredibly mysterious building. We also have it in our Avenida de Mayo walking tour.


About.com Argentina Travel: What is your favorite secret about Palacio Barolo?
Tomas Tharigen: My favorite secret is that under the building there is a hidden gate. Through it, you can see water passing by. It is a small river called: “el tercero del medio” and in some occasions you can see more water than usually. It is the same river that runs under Colón Theatre.
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There is also a story about a concierge that disappeared in the late1940s. It happened in June, just when the Southern Cross aligns with the building. According to Dante´s sayings, the Southern Cross is the door to heaven.

So this concierge, a Free Mason named Remigio Latanuga, nobody heard about him again. What it really freaked us is that his clothes were put on the lighthouse. We must think that he went to heaven


What is new about your tours (special nights, wine tastings?)
The day Tour guides are held every Monday and Thursday at 4, 5, 6 and 7 pm; every Wednesday and Friday at 4, 5, and 6 pm; and every Saturday at 3, 4, 5 and 6 pm. We recommend you to arrive ten minutes before the tour guide so you can purchase your ticket in cash. This visit shows you the building, its history, the lighthouse and the city sight. And you also enter to an original office from the 1920s.

The Extraordinary Night Tour Guide is held on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at  8 pm and on Thursdays at 8.30pm. The building is shown in a more detailed way and once you are at the lighthouse, the bulb will be lit up and you will appreciate Buenos Aires city illuminated. You´ll end  this visit tasting a remarkable cup of wine with regional products in an antique office from the 20s.  This tour takes one hour and a half. And every Thursday, at the Extraordinary Night performance, while tasting the wine a small concert of a cello duet is held.

All the tours are in Spanish and English.
Tango Classes are scheduled on Mondays through Saturdays at 6pm,7pm and 8pm.
 A must-do-experience to live an elegant "arrabalero" spirit on the 20s with professor Maxi Morales, the "Buenos Aires Compadrito" We have special prices if you include the tour with the tango lessons.
For further information and the current prices of tours visit the

webpage: www.palaciobarolotours.com.

[post_ads]What are some of the other great articles we have here on About.com Argentina Travel so you can get the most out of your trip to this great South American nation? Take a look at our article on hotels in Buenos Aires, and compare prices, neighborhoods and styles. Here is a guest article by Irvina Lew looking at Mendoza and exciting things to do in this wonderful world wine capital. This is one of my favorite articles, looking at things to consider that are great about Buenos Aires that you might not know, from how walkable the city is to the amount of great nightlife, to all the free museums all over the Argentine capital. One of our newest articles also looks at Visit.org and their new offerings on interesting things to do in Argentina, and other parts of South America. We also some fabulous coverage of the new Kirchner Cultural Center which opened for the 25 de Mayo celebrations in 2015 in a huge and fantastic ceremony, where even President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner danced.

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