Friday, October 22, 2010

Buenos Aires


When it was finished in 1923, the 22-floor Palacio Barolo was the tallest building in South America. Today it houses offices and offers postcard views of Buenos Aires. The building retains much of its old charm, such as elevators with worn wood floors that require opening and closing two metal gates. One of the most popular tourist attractions in the city is La Recoleta Cemetery, packed with elaborately carved monuments. At one tomb, a maintenance worker makes repairs. Tombs in disrepair can transfer to new owners. Eva Peron, President Juan Peron's wife who died in 1952, is buried at La Recoleta. Images of that famous first couple are still plastered on buildings. The Evita Peron Museum, housed in an early 20th century mansion, depicts the former actress as something of a saint. In a museum video, she addresses the masses then buries her head in the president's shoulder.

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