Pasaje San Martin, Mendoza

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Indulge in some retail therapy or simply admire the archicture at Pasaje San Martin, a 1926 French-style Modernist building designed by engineers Ludovig Froude and Edmundo Romero. The building primarily functions as a retail complex, but even if you don't plan to shop, it's worth ducking inside the indoor boulevard to see the intricate ceiling of stained glass panels. A few provincial shops and eateries are dotted along the strip, but note that opening hours are sometimes more infrequent than may be expected. Put Pasaje San Martin at the forefront of your travel plans using our Mendoza online route builder .
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  • Beautiful old building, to look calm and photograph. Very nice the truth, even the locals are fine.
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  • Classic building in the Centre of Mendoza, houses offices and commerce. The complete architectural beauty with spectacular stained-glass Windows.
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  • It is a symbolic and picturesque building in the heart of Mendoza, local businesses and can be found from cigars imported to libraries
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  • An amazing galery, full of local tipical stores and heritage
  • Recommended to visit it with the walking tour for tips and get an insight knowledge about the origins of this building.
  • Historical landmark
  • Built thanks to the stubbornness of the Aragonese Miguel Escorihuela Gascón, born in Tronchón (Teruel Maestrazgo) in 1861 and died in Mendoza (Argentina) in 1933. Towards the middle of the 1920's, the always seismic Mendoza was quite sane to think that it was crazy to live or work in a five-story building with a tower of three plants over. Not for nothing the winemaker and entrepreneur Escorihuela earned the nickname of the loco when it decided to raise the passage in the City San Martin. But the time - and the tremors also - would help to demonstrate that Aragonese immigrant was not a madman, but a visionary optimistic. Besides being a postal feature of Mendoza and an exponent of the architecture of its period, on November 11, 1926, when it was opened, it became the first building of height of the province and was at the forefront of commercial galleries in the interior of the country. Also, over the years, it became the corner of San Martín and Sarmiento an unavoidable meeting point social, feature that endures to the present day. And since 1997, by Decree Nº 2.190, it is Cultural heritage of the province. Although it sounds paradoxical, was an earthquake that helped prove that Escorihuela was not crazy and that the passage was a successful idea. Until 1926, few buildings of reinforced concrete and seismic-resistant up to four storeys, as the Jockey Club, where today works the Undersecretary of tourism had risen in Mendoza. Inspired by the large commercial passages of that time - as the Pacific Gallery in Buenos Aires - and resorting to this constructive system, Escorihuela gave architect Edmundo Romero the Mission of designing a building eight floors with apartments and offices, with exits to three streets, vaulted ceilings and stained glass windows brought from France. The work was carried out by the construction company F.H. Schmidt S.A. Already in times in which was being built, the provincial fearful of earthquakes were the project with resquemor. In fact, the fear came to such an extent that after the opening of the passage few risked to occupy it. Quick reflexes, Escorihuela had another of his crazy ideas: seduce potential tenants offering the first three months of free rent. But there was no way, it was very difficult to rent them until nature itself came to his aid. On April 14, 1927, Mendoza was shaken by an earthquake which had an epicenter in Chile: the ruins of San Francisco were threatened and several local public and private buildings suffered severe damage. However, that sealed the future of the feared passage, which suffered no damage. Mendoza began to believe that it was safe. While in the 1930's Mendoza began to fill with other buildings of height, the passage was the highest until 1954, when right in front a ten-story Colossus and a 34-metre tower was inaugurated: building Gomez.
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  • You can find great variety of watchmakers; locksmith; a very private cafe, el.mejor price in clothes, in the Turkish and not go out without looking up and seeing the beauty of its vitroux, is one of the galleries more ancient Mebdoza with
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As the center of Argentina's wine industry, Mendoza offers plenty of conventional hostel and hotel options, as well as a good selection of short-term apartments for rent. Visitors taking language courses or spending several weeks on the wine route usually snatch these early in the tourist season (which lasts from mid-December to late-February), so it's a good idea to do some research and contact the owners before you arrive. Keep in mind that some of the town's hostels only offer beds to guests signed up for their wine tours.
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