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Museo Municipal De Arte Juan C.Castagnino, Mar Del Plata (Places Of Interest)

In 1980, the old summer house of traditional Ortíz Basualdo family became the headquarter of Juan Carlos Castagnino Municipal Art Museum. The magnificent villa that is currently historical heritage of the city of Mar del Plata,  It is located on Stella Maris hill and surrounds the building designed by the architects Louis Dubois and Paul Paters.

The building was built by the Basualdos in 1909 and remodeled in 1919, preserving its classic style of early twentieth century. Reminiscences of French castles of Loire are reflected in each room, decorated by Belgian designer Gustave Serruier-Bovy, who gave it the seal of art nouveau.

Original furniture of Belgium, oak and wrought iron staircase with flowers and geometric lines, the lamps, the stained glass windows, the details of the furniture and the other pieces of art nouveau, are considered by international specialists as one of the best collections in the world of that current.

But beyond these precious relics, the museum has a complete sample of 450 works made by artists from Mar del Plata and Spain, consisting of paintings, drawings, engravings, photographs and sculptures. Among these creations, there are 130 works of the painter Juan Carlos Castagnino, which gives the name to this museum.

Castagnino was born in Mar del Plata in 1908 and was considered a social painter, since in his works denunciation is presented in front of injustice   situations. As talented and committed artist, he stood out not only for his strong sensitivity but also for his great technical quality, reflected mainly in his aguadas.

His work is displayed on the second floor on a rotating basis, where you can also see photographs and personal objects that recall his life.

The exhibition is completed with works that include a profuse artistic production from 1920 to the present, with the exception of two portraits by painter Pridiliano Pueyrredón, dating from about 1830.


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The Gaucho Museum And The Museum Of Money (Places Of Interest)

The Gaucho Museum and the Museum of Money share an ornate palace on Montevideo’s central avenue, the Heber Jackson Palace, a magnificent residence of eclectic style with mansardas that crown the construction with slate roofs. built in 1897 by the French architect Alfred Massüe. 

The architecture highlights its fine paintings on the ceilings, carpentry and plasterwork, majestic staircases inside its rooms. These museums integrate the Cultural Space of the Banco República Foundation, which also includes temporary exhibition halls, which deal with very diverse topics, and the Interactive Banking Room, in which banking activity is recreated in the past.  The Uriarte Palace of Heber is a three-storey palace and  it is part of the historical-architectural heritage of the city of Montevideo. It was built to fulfill functions of single-family housing and commerce.   The facade has a classic European style that stands out from the rest of the buildings around it. From 1977 to the present day, the coin museum houses collections of great historical value, such as medals, banknotes, and documents.ion and national and international currencies. On the first floor is this museum. In 1978 a room dedicated to the gaucho and national traditions was added to this museum. You can see collections of silverware, sculptures, gaucho objects such as mates, light bulbs, knives, saddles and popular art.

I was surprised by the beauty of the building that houses these Museums, it is very beautiful and elegant. The collection of the last level was full of articles and objects related to the history of the gauchos. There are different rooms, each with a particular theme.  On the next level is the Coin Museum, it is a large room with some accounting and other related objects.  After visiting the Gaucho Museum, head next door and take the cage elevator to the cafe on the second floor of the historic Clube Brasileiro.  It is worth taking the time to get to know these places.


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The Crystal Palace Is A Freedon Symbol In Petrópolis, Brazil (Places Of Interest)

The Crystal Palace is a Petrópolis attraction. It worths to visit during your stay in the city. The structure of the palace was built in France inspired by the Crystal Palace in London.  

It's iron structure was commissioned from a French foundry by Count D'Eu, and was set up in Petrópolis by engineer Eduardo Bonjean. It was inaugurated in 1884. The purpose was sheltering  traditional exhibitions of vegetables and birds of the region.  The Crystal Palace also has a historical significance since in it were released the last slaves of the city on April,1888 during a ceremony and later party that was attended by Princess Isabel.   Currently, the Crytal Palace is home to cultural events and exhibitions. 

The Crystal Palace is a beautiful structure made of iron and glass, surrounded by beautiful gardens.  It is very picturesque and well kept and it is in a beautiful park where one can rest after having toured and experienced the beautiful Petropolis.

It is really beautiful!


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The National Museum Of Fine Arts Es A Unique Cultural Experience In Santiago De Chile (Places Of Interest)

The National Museum of Fine Arts is a main center for dissemination of visual arts in Chile.  Founded on September 18, 1880, under the name National Museum of Paintings, it is the first art museum in Latin America. Since 1910 it has occupied a building located in Forest Park, at Santiago city.  The Palace of Fine Arts is a Chilean architect Emile Jéquier work and it was built to commemorate the country's centenary, it was declared a Historic Monument in 1976.

The museum has an artistic heritage made up of more than 3000 pieces, acquired through purchases, donations and prizes from official salons. It has the main selection of Chilean sculpture in the country and the second most complete national painting collection in the nation after the Casa del Arte, or Pinacoteca de la Universidad de Concepción. The museum's preserved works cover the country's artistic production since the colonial era, as well as preserving nuclei of universal art, highlighting its collections of Spanish, Flemish and Italian paintings, its collection of kakemonos and engravings, its collections of drawings and photographs, and a set of African sculptures.

It has a specialized library in visual arts that has approximately 100,000 volumes, 7  temporary and itinerant exhibitions maintain an educational program, with workshops, courses and guided tours, and produces informative material.

The museum has a small shop on the right side of the main entrance. A good option for those looking for a souvenir, books or materials with more information about the artworks. Guided tours are available only in Spanish, and as well as the museum´s admission, are free. Tours last 45 minutes and follow the schedule: Tuesday to Friday begin at 10:30 hr, 11:30hr, 12:30 hr, 15:30 hr and 16:30hr. On Saturdays and Sundays there is an additional tour starting at 17:30hr. Its opening hours are from 10:00 hr to 18:45hr. Chile's National fine Arts Museum closes for maintenance every Monday of the year and on Chilean national holidays.

Unique experience, stunning architectural beauty. Do not miss visiting.


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The Imposing Cathedral Of Cuzco To Reveal God To Incas (Places Of Interest)

The Cathedral of Cuzco or Cathedral Basilica of the Virgin of the Assumption is the main temple of the city of Cuzco, in Peru and houses the headquarters of the Diocese of Cuzco. The Cathedral Basilica of Cuzco, next to the Temples of the Triumph and the Sagrada Familia make up the Cathedral Complex, is located in the northeast sector of the current Plaza de Armas of Cuzco. In the place that was the Suntur Wasi, Palace of the Inca Wiracocha. The complex occupies an area of ??3956 m2. It is the most important religious monument of the Historical Center of Cuzco

Between 1560 and 1664 the Cathedral Basilica of this city was built. Its construction was entrusted to Juan Miguel de Veramendi in 1560, who was replaced two years later by Juan Correa. This was followed by other masters, until in 1615 Miguel Gutiérrez Sencio, an architect following Marco Vitruvio and Jacopo Vignola, and admirer of the sober and pure style established by Juan de Herrera in El Monasterio, took over the direction of the work. Dump. Under his direction, the cathedral of Cuzco was completed in 1649.  
The building material was stone from nearby areas and red granite blocks were also reused from the fortress known as Sacsayhuamán.

This cathedral, with a Renaissance façade and Baroque, Late Gothic and Plateresque interiors, has one of the most outstanding examples of colonial goldwork. Carved wooden altars are equally important.  Since in this city the painting on canvases of the famous Cuzquena School of Painting was developed, the most important of Colonial America, in the cathedral you can see precisely important samples of local artists who are followers of this school.

The Cathedral of Cuzco is of rectangular plant of the basilical type with three naves: nave of the epistle, nave of the gospel and the central nave, coincident with the three doors of the facade. It has fourteen cruciform pillars that define the distribution of the twenty-four rib vaults, the largest being the entrance vault and the crossing vault. The 24 vaults are supported by basic structures formed by 21 stone arches and 32 semi-circular arches. All these structures are of andesite stone.  

Cusco leaves us awe-inspiring. The Cathedral is imposing in large and beautifully ornamented. The truth is worth pausing to observe.


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