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Palacio de Aguas Argentinas, Buenos Aires

Palacio de Aguas Argentinas, Buenos Aires

The Water Palace is an ornate building in Buenos Aires that once had the unique function of supplying water to the entire city. It has long ceased to function as a large water tank and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1989.

The Palacio de Aguas Argentinas was built after an epidemic of yellow fever ravaged the city and killed a major part of its population in 1877. The British Company Hale and Co was entrusted with the work. The architects were s John Medici and Carlos Mystonner and it was constructed with the engineering design of Norwegian engineer Olof Boye. The Water Palace began functioning from 1989.

The colored exterior of the Water Palace looked like an ornate royal residence but it was a functioning public health institution that had tanks and pumps inside. The exterior is adorned by over 30,000 Royal Doulton ceramic tiles both plain and decorative brought from their factory in England. The engineering components in the interior were from Belgium and consisted of 12 water tanks with a capacity of over seventy two million gallons of water. The roof was made of green slate from France. Today the building houses the offices of the water department of the city and a unique museum dedicated to drainage and sanitation. Exhibits at the museum include closets, taps, pipes and basins and all objects that are required to supply clean water to a city.

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Sight Name: Palacio de Aguas Argentinas
Sight Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Famous Historical Buildings Walking Tour

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Tango Clubs Self-Guided Tour

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Travel Distance: 2.0 Km or 1.2 Miles
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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.0 Km or 3.7 Miles
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Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.3 Km or 3.9 Miles

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