Description of Palacio San Jose or San Jose Palace
Palacio San Jose or San Jose Palace is one of the most important
historical buildings in the country. It was constructed 23 km (14
mi) from the city of Conception del Uruguay, Entre Rios province of
Argentina. It was designed by architects Jacinto Dellepiane
Pedro Fossati and constructed between 1848 and 1858. It served as a
personal residence of Justo Jose de Urquiza, President of the
Argentine Confederation between 1854 and 1860. Like many leaders in
Latin America Justo Jose de Urquiza reached the top ranks in
politics by serving in the army and reaching the rank of a general.
He was widely described as a caudillo, Argentinian and Latin
American term for a strongman or a war chief.
Palacio San Jose architectural style combines Italian and Argentine
criollo architectural styles. Today it is converted into the
National Museum of Justo Jose de Urquiza. Its architects jacinto
Dellepiane and Pedro Fossati was of Italian ancestry so he used some
of the traditions of his native country to design this marvelous
building. The ground floor of the San Jose Palace is taken by 38
spacious rooms, which are encircle two inner courtyards.
Additionally residence contained utility rooms, a chapel, stables, a
grocery store, a dovecote for 650 birds and even artificial lake
measuring 20,000 square meters. The lake of Palacio San Jose was
used to host the annual sailing regatta.
The main facade of Palacio San Jose is framed by two symmetrical
towers decorated with carved frieze. Palace interior is decorated
with numerous frescoes and painting which depict scenes from the
battles of General Urquiza. They belong to a hand of Uruguayan
artist Juan Manuel Blanes.
Palacio San Jose has its grim pages in its history. Justo Jose de
Urquiza was murdered here by his political opponents. In the
luxurious office of the president and a general you can still see
his bloody prints of his palms as he attempted to keep his posture.
Some of the local legends claim that the spirit still haunts this
residence. Many claim to hear and see full body apparition of