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Casa Rosada, Buenos Aires
Tel: 54 11 4344 3804
Concierge.com's insider take:
The Casa Rosada (Pink House)—taking up the entire east end of Plaza de Mayo—is Argentina's presidential palace, from whose storied balcony Juan and Evita Perón (and later a lip-synching Madonna) wooed the masses. Resembling a colossal wedding cake covered in strawberry icing, the Casa Rosada originally got its rosy glow from the curious Argentinean practice of adding ox blood to whitewash. A small museum displaying relics from Argentina's presidential past seems perennially 'closed for repairs', but at weekends uniformed grenadier guards conduct guided tours of the palace's echoing chambers and palm-shaded, colonial-style interior patios—show up at 50 Balcarce to get your name on the list.
Open Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays 10 am to 6 pm.