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Errázuriz Palace


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The idea of an authentic French mansion in the middle of Buenos Aires may seem strange, but that’s exactly what you’ll find on Libertador Avenue, right in the middle of the Argentine capital city. The Errázuriz Palace is a beautiful and elegant piece of architecture, surrounded by sumptuous gardens and encircled by detailed, wrought iron railings. The Palacio Errázuriz (as it is known in Spanish) is the epitome of French influenced architecture and is the only French mansion open to the public in Buenos Aires.

The Errázuriz-Alvear family of the Argentine aristocracy commissioned the design and construction of the palace. Work was started in 1911, but was not completed until 1917 as it was delayed by the Great War in Europe. On top of this complication, all of the mansion’s materials, furnishings and artwork were all especially imported from France and had to make the long journey by boat before they could be added to the mansion. The building really is a genuine French creation as the mansion’s architect was renowned Frenchman René Sergent, whose work can be found in Buenos Aires, Paris and New York to name but a few locations.

The Errázuriz-Alvear family resided in their sumptuous Errázuriz Palace from its inauguration on September 18th 1918 until 1935. The married couple, Matías and Josefina Errázuriz-Alvear, who built the mansion, is alleged to have led a very active social life, enjoying many a party in their residence. It was the death of Josefina Errázuriz-Alvear in 1935 that led to Matías moving out of the Errázuriz Palace. He then offered the stunning building and the expansive collection of art to the government of Buenos Aires so that a museum would be created in the space. The National Decorative Art Museum was hence created and still exists to this day. The following pictures was taken in 1918.

palacio-errazuriz-picture-from-1918

Buenos Aires travel guide recommends the National Decorative Art Museum as a great way to spend an afternoon in Buenos Aires. You can wile away many hours admiring the permanent collection of artwork and interior design pieces. On top of this, there are also fascinating temporary exhibitions including, for example, the Isabelina Porcelain Collection, which displays pieces of Victorian porcelain that belonged to the Queen Isabel II of Spain.

Entrance to the Errázuriz Palace and National Decorative Art Museum costs just $ 5 argentine pesos ($ 1.25 US dollars). From March to December, you can visit this little patch of France Tuesdays to Sundays, 2pm to 7pm. In January and February it is closed on Sundays. The gardens are beautifully landscaped and maintained and house the Palace’s restaurant, the perfect place to enjoy a bite to eat or coffee on a sunny day.

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