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Notes on the Geography of Argentina: Avenida de Mayo: Photo 28

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The avenida was soon lined with grand buildings that might have satisfied Baron Haussmann. Here's what is now the Casa de Cultura, run by the Ministry of Culture. Up top, however, you can faintly make out part of the name La Prensa, ("The Press"), and this building was indeed the home of that conservative newspaper from 1898 until Juan Perón expropriated it in 1951.

The architects, Carolos Agote and Alberto Gainza, are said to have been inspired by Charles Garnier. Completed in 1898, the building is topped with Pallas Athena holding the sacred fire of Prometheus. Perón, like most dictators, didn't share the implied adulation of a free press.

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