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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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Savoy Hotel ¥9,715
Savoy Hotel

Savoy Hotel

Av. Callao 181, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palace of the Argentine National Congress, Obelisco, and Teatro Colon. Florida Street and Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral are also within 1 mi (2 km). Congress Station and Callao Station are within a 5-minute walk.

    Hotel Bristol ¥3,778
    Hotel Bristol

    Hotel Bristol

    Cerrito 286, Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lavalle Street, Obelisco, and Teatro Colon. Buenos Aires Metropolitan Cathedral and Cabildo are also within 15 minutes. July 9 Station and C. Pellegrini Station are within a 5-minute walk.

      Libertador Hotel ¥12,144
      Libertador Hotel

      Libertador Hotel

      Av. Cordoba 690, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this luxury hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Florida Street and Galerias Pacifico. Teatro Colon and Obelisco are also within 15 minutes. Lavalle Station is 5 minutes by foot and San Martin Station is 6 minutes.

        Claridge Hotel ¥6,155
        Claridge Hotel

        Claridge Hotel

        Tucuman 535, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this romantic hotel is steps from Florida Street and Galerias Pacifico. Teatro Colon and Luna Park are also within 10 minutes. Florida Station and Lavalle Station are within a 5-minute walk.

          Exe Hotel Colón ¥4,911
          Exe Hotel Colón

          Exe Hotel Colón

          Carlos Pellegrini 507 Capital Federal, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is steps from Obelisco and Teatro Colon. Florida Street and Palacio de Justicia are also within 10 minutes. C. Pellegrini Station is only a 2-minute walk and July 9 Station is 3 minutes.

            ibis Buenos Aires Congreso ¥3,734
            ibis Buenos Aires Congreso

            ibis Buenos Aires Congreso

            Hipolito Yrigoyen 1592, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
               
              3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Barolo Palace, Palace of the Argentine National Congress, and Cabildo. Obelisco and Plaza de Mayo are also within 1 mi (2 km). Saenz Pena Station and Congress Station are within a 5-minute walk.

              Hilton Buenos Aires ¥16,241
              Hilton Buenos Aires

              Hilton Buenos Aires

              Av Macacha Guemes 351, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Puerto Madero, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Women's Bridge, Presidente Sarmiento Frigate Ship Museum, and Centro Cultural Kirchner. Coleccion de Arte Amalia Lacroze de Fortabat and Casa Rosada are also within 15 minutes. Buenos Aires Corrientes Station is 7 minutes by foot and Leandro N Alem Station is 11 minutes.

                Mayflower Suites ¥2,606
                Mayflower Suites

                Mayflower Suites

                Parana 720, Buenos Aires, Capital Federal
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Buenos Aires Central Business District, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Santa Fe Avenue and Teatro Colon. Obelisco and Florida Street are also within 15 minutes. Court Station is only a 5-minute walk and Uruguay Station is 6 minutes.