Obelisco

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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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Top Hotels Close to Obelisco

NH Collection Buenos Aires Crillón
NH Collection Buenos Aires Crillón
4 out of 5
Av Santa Fe 796, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is ¥6,341 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
Located in Retiro, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Plaza San Martin and Galerias Pacifico. Teatro Colon and Patio Bullrich are also within 15 minutes. ...
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"Nice and clean. Room had a nice view of the street.. Staff was excellent. Many could not speak English, however all were excellent and we worked hard to communicate... but so friendly and great to deal with."

Reviewed on Feb 24, 2020

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Hilton Buenos Aires
Hilton Buenos Aires
4.5 out of 5
Av Macacha Guemes 351, Buenos Aires
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The price is ¥12,794 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
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4.4/5Wonderful! (963 reviews)
"Everything about the property is fantastic, the location the staff the architecture and the food, but what stands out the best is the amazing staff"

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Alvear Palace Hotel-Leading Hotels of the World
5 out of 5
Avenida Alvear 1891, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is ¥26,350 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
This family-friendly Buenos Aires hotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Plaza Francia and Patio Bullrich. Plaza San Martin and Teatro ...
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Hotel Parada
Hotel Parada
2.5 out of 5
AVENIDA RIVADAVIA 1291, Buenos Aires
The price is ¥1,406 per night from Oct 14 to Oct 14
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Hilton Buenos Aires
Hilton Buenos Aires
4.5 out of 5
Av Macacha Guemes 351, Buenos Aires
The price is ¥12,794 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
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NH Collection Buenos Aires Crillón
NH Collection Buenos Aires Crillón
4 out of 5
Av Santa Fe 796, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is ¥6,341 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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Alvear Palace Hotel-Leading Hotels of the World
5 out of 5
Avenida Alvear 1891, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is ¥26,350 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
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NH Buenos Aires 9 de Julio
NH Buenos Aires 9 de Julio
4 out of 5
Cerrito 156, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is ¥5,357 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
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Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Center
Sheraton Buenos Aires Hotel and Convention Center
4 out of 5
San Martin / 1225 1275, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is ¥8,673 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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Boutique Apartments San Telmo
Boutique Apartments San Telmo
3.5 out of 5
Mexico 840, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is ¥1,669 per night from Sep 26 to Sep 26
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Hotel Bristol
Hotel Bristol
3.5 out of 5
Cerrito 286, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
The price is ¥3,916 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 2
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NH Buenos Aires Tango
NH Buenos Aires Tango
4 out of 5
Cerrito 550, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
The price is ¥6,745 per night from Sep 30 to Sep 30
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