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Notes on the Geography of Argentina: Avenida de Mayo: Photo 39

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The Palace of the Argentine National Congress was designed by Vittoria Meano, an architect who had arrived in Argentina in 1884 and a decade later won a competition to design this building. Nine years later, with work well underway, he won another competition to build a legislative palace in Montevideo. Returning to Buenos Aires, he found his wife in bed with another man. A few minutes later, Meano was dead. The other man was sentenced to 17 years in prison, and Meano's wife was deported back to Italy. Work on the Congreso continued in the hands of another architect, a Belgian named Julio Dormal, who finished the building in 1906 and managed to survive its completion with years to spare.

The iron fence around the Monument to the Two Congresses hints, yet again, at protesters quick to deface celebrations of the social order.

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