Casa Rosada

The Casa Rosada, an iconic pink palatial building at the eastern end of the Plaza de Mayo, is the executive mansion and office of the President of Argentina. Unlike the White House in the US, the President does not reside here. The Presidential residence is the Quinta de Olivos, which is located in the Olivos district.

The origins of the building date back to 1594, when a fort was built here on the orders of Captain Juan de Garay, the founder of Buenos Aires. At the time, the site was situated on the shoreline of the Rio de la Plata (the Plata river). The fort was replaced by a masonry structure in 1713, which was also eventually demolished in 1857, in favor of a new customs building. After several more changes, the building as it looks today, was completed in 1898.


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