The Casa Rosada is the home of the government of Argentina. They offer FREE tours on the weekends and holidays (basically whenever the government isn’t in session) in Spanish. There is also a single English language tour a day.
Since I speak both and there were a lot more Spanish tours, I selected one of those. Don’t forget to bring your passport though if you plan on going on a tour as it is needed to get in.
The tour takes you through a central courtyard with tall palms. It reminded me of a the old Middle Eastern design style, with the harem covered on the second floor looking down at the activities. There were frosted and decorated glass pieces on the second floor to block off the private areas for the president. The President no longer resides at the Casa Rosada.
Visitors get to see the Salon de Eva Peron, with a sitting area and then big meeting area/dining room.
There was also a Hall of Famous Argentinians including Manu Ginobili, Lionel Messi, and Mafalda. Mafalda is a famous cartoon character. She was featured in many of my Spanish materials in high school.
A unique feature is a look into the President’s office, as in the Oval Office of Argentina. They do ask you to put away phones and cameras but that’s all. The one door isn’t all the way open for security reasons but you get a general idea of what’s inside. The office had a large wooden desk, with a casual seating area in front of it.
Just outside of it is a fancy old school elevator with a red velvet bench seat, for the use of the President.
In a notable showing of a lack of separation between church and state, there was a nativity out in front of the house.
Take a look at this bust. The person had a band aid on and didn’t mind having it in their official bust.
Casa Rosada means pink house in Spanish. It used to be red as cow’s blood was mixed into the concoction that covered the house. Even after the change of materials, the house has continued to be painted pink to keep with tradition.
As I mentioned, the Casa Rosada is only open on weekends. The rest of the week, barricades create a perimeter around it. These started in 2001/2002 because in 2001 it was determined that the banks would go bankrupt on December 19th, 2001. Of course the President also stated that the banks didn’t have to give the money back so people were quite upset to say the least.
The protested outside of the Casa Rosada. A helicopter had to come in to get the President before crowds busted in.