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Obelisco

This giant pillar was built to mark the 400th anniversary of the city’s inception. Now, it stands as the most famous icon in Buenos Aires.

The Obelisco stands tall in the center of Buenos Aires. It is perhaps the city’s most recognizable icon. The large stone pillar surrounded by lights and electric screens draws comparisons with New York’s Times Square. The column itself resembles the Washington Monument. 

It was built in 1936 to mark the fourth century since the city’s inception. In all, the Obelisco is 221.5 feet (67.5 meters) tall. It is often decorated to celebrate holidays and events.

Gaze up at the giant structure from any location around the city center; it dwarfs the buildings around it. Learn about current events from the temporary decorations of the landmark. For example, in 2005, the Obelisco was dressed in a giant condom to mark World AIDS Day. It is also regularly modified to celebrate anniversaries and other events.

Read the sonnet by the poet Baldomero Fernández Moreno at the base of the monument.

Dine at one of many upscale restaurants in the area. Nightlife at nearby bars and clubs in the San Telmo and Puerto Madero areas can provide an exciting evening.Several engravings at the pillar’s foot inform the public about the Obelisco. 

The modernist architect Alberto Prebisch designed the monument in 1936. Remarkably, it took only 31 days to complete. It was the first site in the city to raise the Argentine flag, in 1812. Look around for a large blue and white flag symbolizing the country’s independence for over 200 years.

Find the Obelisco in the Plaza de la República in the center of Buenos Aires. It stands between the large avenues of Corrientes and 9 de Julio. Many claim that the latter is the widest avenue in the world. Both these roads have major transportation connections by metro and bus, so the area is particularly accessible. Finding a taxi in the street to take you to the Obelisco is also easy. Since this location is so central to the city, you’ll find many hotels, restaurants and bars nearby.


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Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires
Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

Palacio Duhau - Park Hyatt Buenos Aires

Av. Alvear 1661, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Recoleta, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Patio Bullrich, Recoleta Cultural Center, and Exhibition Center of the City of Buenos Aires. El Ateneo Grand Splendid and Teatro Colon are also within 1 mi (2 km). San Martin Station is 15 minutes by foot and Court Station is 18 minutes.

    Gran Hotel Argentino ¥3,605
    Gran Hotel Argentino

    Gran Hotel Argentino

    Carlos Pellegrini 37, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in El Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Florida Street and Obelisco. Teatro Colon and Casa Rosada are also within 15 minutes. Mayo Avenue Station is only a 2-minute walk and Piedras Station is 3 minutes.

      Beautiful Cozy Loft Perfect Location San Martin
      Beautiful Cozy Loft Perfect Location San Martin

      Beautiful Cozy Loft Perfect Location San Martin

      San Martin 991, Floor 1, Apt C, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
         
        3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in El Centro, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Obelisco, Teatro Colon, and Florida Street. Galerias Pacifico and Barolo Palace are also within 15 minutes. C. Pellegrini Station and July 9 Station are within a 5-minute walk.

        Park Silver Obelisco Hotel ¥5,205
        Park Silver Obelisco Hotel

        Park Silver Obelisco Hotel

        Cerrito 330, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in El Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Lavalle Street, Teatro Colon, and Obelisco. Plaza de Mayo and Florida Street are also within 15 minutes. C. Pellegrini Station and July 9 Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Globales Republica
          Globales Republica

          Globales Republica

          Cerrito 370, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in El Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Teatro Colon and Obelisco. Florida Street and Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral are also within 15 minutes. July 9 Station and C. Pellegrini Station are within a 5-minute walk.

            ibis Buenos Aires Obelisco ¥4,877
            ibis Buenos Aires Obelisco

            ibis Buenos Aires Obelisco

            Avenida Corrientes 1344, Esquina Talcahuano y Uruguay, Buenos Aires
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in El Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Teatro Colon and Obelisco. Galerias Pacifico and El Ateneo Grand Splendid are also within 1 mi (2 km). Uruguay Station is only a 2-minute walk and Court Station is 4 minutes.

              Unique Executive Central ¥3,096
              Unique Executive Central

              Unique Executive Central

              Diagonal R. Saenz Pena 1174, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in El Centro, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Obelisco, Teatro Colon, and Palacio de Justicia. Florida Street and Galerias Pacifico are also within 15 minutes. C. Pellegrini Station and July 9 Station are within a 5-minute walk.

                Broadway Hotel & Suites
                Broadway Hotel & Suites

                Broadway Hotel & Suites

                Av. Corrientes 1173, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in El Centro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Obelisco, Teatro Colon, and Florida Street. Plaza de Mayo and Galerias Pacifico are also within 1 mi (2 km). C. Pellegrini Station and July 9 Station are within a 5-minute walk.