View some of Buenos Aires’ most beautiful public buildings built during the period 1890 and 1930, most originally constructed as homes for wealthy Buenos Aires families. The Museum of Decorative Arts was the former home to the Errazuriz-Alvear Chilean-Argentine family, decorated in eclectic style including neo-Classical, Louis XIV, Rococo and Louis XVI. Circulo Militar, designed in Paris and built in Buenos Aires for the Paz family who owned the La Prensa newspaper, is now used for public and private activities. The French Embassy was owned by the Ortiz Basualdo family until 1939 and the Brazilian Embassy by the Pereda family until 1944. The Vatican Embassy was the home of the Fernandez de Anchorenas—all wonderful examples of French influence in the city’s architecture. The Palacio San Martin—today the Foreign Affairs Ministry—belonged to the Anchorena Family, and the Palacio Estrougamou is now a condominium building. Many others are used now for business and social events, such as the Bencich and Aberg Cobo homes, among others. During the tour you will enjoy a lunch at Sorrento restaurant in Recoleta. and you will make at least one inside visit.
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