Kirchner Cultural Centre in San Nicolás, Buenos Aires, Argentina

This grand edifice was commissioned in 1889 as a central post office. It is not surprising French architect Norbert Maillart favored a French Second Empire design. When finished in 1928, Secretaría de Comunicaciones was Argentina’s largest building. The interior was lavishly appointed with marble, sculptures, stained glass and an enormous dome. After postal operations moved in 2005, Argentine President Néstor Kirchner proposed the block-square building be repurposed as a cultural center. Kirchner’s dream became a reality a decade later. It was named in his honor. Among the amenities of the Kirchner Cultural Centre are an enormous auditorium, venues for music concerts and theater plus 18 exhibition halls, 40 showrooms, 16 rehearsal rooms and five smaller auditoriums. The Argentine National Symphony Orchestra also resides here. Best of all, attendance to events are free.

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Sarmiento 151, C1041 AAE, CABA, Argentina

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