The Palacio was built by the wealthy Salvo brothers and completed in 1928. For a few years it was the highest building in South America. It was built to be a luxury hotel, but quickly ran into money problems and space on many of the floors was sold as shares (think early condo's). The building has a rich bohemian history including being the home of Montevideo's famous musician Raul Rial and also home to the noted poet Idea Vilariño. Christine obtains the keys and takes us up to the the small viewing deck on the 25th floor for a panoramic view and then to the rooftop terrace on the 10th floor. We walk through other parts of the building learning of the history, tales of a ghost and observing details of the finishings such as the shell design in the railings.
It's a slow walk back to the apartment, both because we've had a large meal and because our feet are tired, but it's been a wonderful morning and afternoon.