Galerías Pacífico, the beauty of ancient buildings

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Galerías Pacífico, the beauty of ancient buildings
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Galerías Pacífico, the beauty of ancient buildings
Source: Facebook @galeriaspacificoshopping
September 19, 2022

A shopping center with an exquisite dome


The building that houses the Galerías Pacífico, one of the main shopping centers in the City, deserves to be visited for its beautiful facilities and, mainly, for its magnificent dome, decorated with murals by prominent Argentine painters: Antonio Berni, Lino Enea Spilimbergo , Demetrio Urruchúa and Juan Carlos Castagnino.

Located in the San Nicolás neighborhood, in the heart of the city, it was built by the architects Emilio Agrelo and Raúl Le Levacher in 1889, to house the Au bon Marché stores (at the same time that other large department stores such as Harrod's and Gath & Chaves).

However, it was never used for its original purpose and, shortly after its unsuccessful inauguration, it was sold to the Buenos Aires al Pacífico railway, which finally gave it its current name (between 1896 and 1940 it housed the facilities of the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and later, in 1944, it was modified by the architects Aslan and Ezcurra).

The building was recovered in 1990 after several years in a state of abandonment to convert it into the original shopping center project. Reopened two years later, today it is one of the most frequented shopping centers in the City.

The Borges Cultural Center is located at the angle that gives onto Viamonte and San Martín streets.

Learn about the history of the Retiro neighborhood.

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