01 April 2006

Gateway to hell: Pasaje/ palacio Barolo

This is the inside view of pasaje/ palacio Barolo. It was built by the italian architect Mario Palanti and it was the first tall building (1923) in Buenos Aires until 1935. Palanti conceived of a grand building that would represent Dante’s epic poem The Divine Comedy. It is filled with references of Dante´s work, it´s height of 100 meters represents the 100 cantos of the poem. The building has three sections, each one for a book in the poem (Inferno, Purgatorio, Paraiso). Above the ground floor entrance are nine vaults, corresponding to the nine infernal hierarchies. Barolo, the owner, lived in the upper part of the building, close to heaven and paradise! Here you can find more fotos (not by me :))
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Blogger Karine said...

Great posting, great information too. Even some scenes from Highlander II were shot here.

11:04 AM  
Blogger Wolf said...

Cool building, be interseting to see the outside. Great story as well!

11:37 AM  
Blogger miss tango in her eyes said...

Wow facinating! This definetly looks like a must see!

2:45 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

100 cantos are a lot to represent in one cathedral. Didn't want devotees resting on their laurels I suppose.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Nicola said...

Amazing story behind the building! Thanks for sharing! Love the old elevator!!

4:04 AM  

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