Galerías Pacífico, Buenos Aires

Galerías Pacífico, Buenos Aires (must see)

The Galerías Pacífico is a covered shopping center famous for its fresco-covered ceilings by leading Argentine artists. It is located between Florida Street and Cordoba Avenue in Buenos Aires.

The Galerías Pacífico building was constructed in 1889 for a large store called the Argentine Bon Marche. The beaux arts building was designed by architects, Emilio Agrelo and Roland de Vacher based on the design of the Parisian store, Le Bon Marche. Later, it became the first home of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes. In 1908, the British Buenos Aires and Pacific Railway Company bought the building for its offices. The purpose of the company was to build a railway line through Chile to access the Pacific Ocean and the building was renamed Edificio Pacifico.

The Galerias Pacifico was remodeled in 1945 with the addition of a cupola and ceiling frescoes by notable Argentine artists including a magnificent central panel by artist, Antonio Berni. In 1987, a dungeon was found under the building where the military junta that ruled the country between 1976 and 1983 tortured prisoners. It was declared a historical monument in 1989 and became a high-end shopping arcade in 1991. Four ceiling frescoes were added in 1991 by well known Argentine contemporary artists including Guillermo Roux.

Why You Should Visit:
Worth a quick view of the cupola and frescoes or staying longer to shop, grab a bite at the food court, stop for a coffee/ice-cream...

Tip:
If you're going to shop, keep in mind to look for the signs that say "tax-free" so you can request your tax refund before leaving Argentina.

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am-9pm

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Galerías Pacífico on Map

Sight Name: Galerías Pacífico
Sight Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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