The legend behind this art deco palace is rife with ghosts and tragedy.

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Palacio Salvo

20th-century prosperity.

This solemn building in the early art deco style stands at the feet of the Plaza Independencia. Built between the 1920s and 30s, the Palacio Salvo reflects the prosperity of the city during its heyday at the beginning of the 20th century. At 105 metres high and with 26 floors, it was the highest building in South America at the time it was built. Commissioned by the wealthy Salvo family to be used as a hotel, it soon became a residential building with shops and businesses on the ground floor. According to a generation-old legend, a ghost lives inside the palace: the Salvo brothers are said to have suffered all kinds of strange misfortune and some even believe the ghost is José Salvo himself who was knocked down by a car in an accident allegedly organised by his humble brother-in-law, looking to get his hands on the family inheritance.

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