From centers of political power to tourist attractions


Because of its architectural beauty, the history hidden in its corners or the myths that revolve around them, over the years, the centers of power around the world have become a must for thousands of tourists. Neogothic palaces or imposing neoclassical buildings, are the scene of the decisions that changed and change the lives of millions of people and, at the same time, the main attractions of capital cities.

The European continent has two of the oldest buildings linked to power. Since 1512, the two Houses of Parliament meet in the Palace of Westminster: the Lords and the Commons to lead the United Kingdom. Located on the banks of the River Thames, it initially functioned as a royal residence, but no monarch has lived in it since the 16th century. Copies of all the laws of the Parliament since 1497 are housed in one of the towers of the Palace as the right to suffrage of women sanctioned in 1918 or the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, known as “Brexit”.

Although its construction dates back to the 18th century, the Palace of the Elisha in Paris became the official residence of the President of the Republic in France in 1848, by decision of the National Assembly of the Second Republic. Symbol of power in France, there are decisions that mark the course of the Gallic people as the reform of the pension system promoted by President Emmanuel Macron that unleashed in a railway strike that takes more than 30 days.

Across the ocean, is the most famous building in the United States: the White House. Inaugurated in 1800 just received the name with which it is known worldwide in 1902, it is the official residence and main work center of the president of the United States, 44 presidents from John Adams to the controversial Donald have passed through its facilities Trump In its 5100 m² it has 6 floors that are visited by more than one and a half million people a year.

The power centers of Latin America are undoubtedly a sample of European architecture on American soil. In Chile, there is the Palacio de la Moneda, known as “La Moneda”, this Italian neoclassical building is the seat of the president and the Ministry of Interior, it functioned as a presidential residence between 1846 and 1958. Its brick walls and lime They are witnesses of the country’s history, it was the scene of one of the most decisive events in the history of Chile, such as the 1973 bombing or the massive protests that took place at the end of 2019.

Considered one of the most emblematic buildings in Buenos Aires, on Calle Balcarce 50, Casa Rosada is located, headquarters of the Executive Power of Argentina. As a result of a long construction process, the current building was officially inaugurated in 1898, during the second presidency of General Julio Argentino Roca. Legend has it that Sarmiento decided to paint the palace pink, representing the fusion of the parties of the civil wars of the nineteenth century, a mixture of white unitarians and federal reds. Witness to numerous political, economic and social events that marked the course of Argentina, recently became the office of the newly elected president: Alberto Fernández.