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Galerías Pacífico

Galerías Pacífico is a shopping centre in Buenos Aires, Argentina, located at the intersection of Florida Street and Córdoba Avenue.

Galerías Pacífico
Galerías Pacífico logo
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Façade and main entrance of Galerías Pacífico
LocationBuenos Aires, Argentina
Coordinates34°35′57″S 58°22′29″W / 34.59917°S 58.37472°W / -34.59917; -58.37472Coordinates: 34°35′57″S 58°22′29″W / 34.59917°S 58.37472°W / -34.59917; -58.37472
AddressFlorida St. and Córdoba Avenue
Opening date18 May 1992; 27 years ago (1992-05-18) [1]
ArchitectJuan C. López & Assoc.[2]
No. of stores and services150 [3]
Total retail floor area11,200 m2 (121,000 sq ft) [3]
No. of floors3
Websitegaleriaspacifico.com.ar (in Spanish)

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Frescos in the cupola of Galerías Pacífico. The central panel in the image was painted by Antonio Berni.
 
View of one of the interior halls.

The Beaux Arts building was designed by the architects Emilio Agrelo and Roland Le Vacher in 1889 to accommodate a shop called the Argentine Bon Marché, modelled on the Le Bon Marché in Paris.

In 1896 part of the building was transformed into the first home for the Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes and in 1908 the British-owned Buenos Aires and Pacific railway company acquired part of the building for offices. The company's name derived from the fact that its intention was to operate a train service linking Buenos Aires and Valparaíso in Chile, thereby giving access to the Pacific Ocean. From that time onwards the building became known as Edificio Pacífico.

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